Guide to the OCS Alternative Energy Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)

The full text of the Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for Alternative Energy Development and Production and Alternate Use of Facilities on the Outer Continental Shelf is available for downloading or online browsing.  The following documents are in PDF format, which requires the free Adobe Acrobat Reader. Letter to the Reader  Summary: Introductory letter to the reader.

Letter to the Reader

Volume I: Executive Summary through Chapter 4 

Volume I Frontmatter  Summary: Frontmatter for Volume I of the Final Programmatic EIS document, including cover page, table of contents, notation, and units of measure.

Volume I Front Matter

Executive Summary  Summary: A brief overview of the Final Programmatic EIS, including summaries of the proposed action and alternatives, potential impacts and mitigation for alternative energy development, potential impacts and mitigation for alternate use of existing facilities, impacts from nonroutine conditions, and cumulative impacts of the proposed action.

Executive Summary

Chapter 1: Introduction  Summary: Introduction to the Final Programmatic EIS, including purpose and need for this EIS, the scope of the analysis including what technologies and what portions of the OCS are considered, and the legal framework within which this EIS was produced.

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Proposed Action and Alternatives  Summary: Discussion of the proposed action considered in the Final Programmatic EIS, alternatives analyzed, and comparison of the alternatives. Alternatives discussed in detail include: the proposed action (i.e., the establishment of the Alternative Energy and Alternate Use Program on the OCS through rulemaking); a case-by-case alternative (i.e., BOEM would consider individual project proposals for alternative energy or alternate use on a case-by-case basis but would not issue formal regulations); a no action alternative (i.e., BOEM would not approve leases, easements, or rights-of-way for any alternative energy facility on the Federal OCS or alternate use of existing offshore facilities); and a preferred alternative (i.e., a combination of the proposed action and the case-by-case alternative).

Chapter 2: Proposed Action and Alternatives

Chapter 3: Overview of Potential Alternative Energy Technologies on the OCS  Summary: Chapter 3 summarizes potential alternative energy technologies available and screens out unlikely candidates; it also describes the general operating principle for each alternative energy technology considered, current development status, and the necessary site characteristics.

Chapter 3: Overview of Potential Alternative Energy Technologies on the OCS

Chapter 4: Affected Environment  Summary: A description of the OCS areas that may be suitable for alternative energy development. Descriptions are presented by coastal region (Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, and Pacific) and include each area's current use, physical characteristics (e.g., geology, oceanography, meteorology), marine biota and habitats, and socioeconomic characteristics.

Chapter 4: Affected Environment

Volume II: Chapter 5  

Volume II Frontmatter  Summary: Frontmatter for Volume II of the Final Programmatic EIS document, including cover page, table of contents, notation, and units of measure.

Volume II Front Matter

Chapter 5: Potential Impacts of Alternative Energy Development on the OCS and Analysis of Potential Mitigation Measures  Summary: A description of the environmental and socioeconomic impacts for each alternative energy technology in terms of technology testing, site characterization, construction, operation, and decommissioning.

Chapter 5: Potential Impacts of Alternative Energy Development on the OCS and Analysis of Potential Mitigation Measures

Volume III: Chapter 6 through Chapter 12 

Volume III Frontmatter  Summary: Frontmatter for Volume III of the Final Programmatic EIS document, including cover page, table of contents, notation, and units of measure.

Volume III Front Matter

Chapter 6: Alternate Uses of Existing Oil and Natural Gas Platforms on The OCS  Summary: Chapter 6 summarizes the characteristics of oil and gas platforms on the OCS likely to be retired from their current use; it also discusses potential uses for these retired platforms and presents the environmental and socioeconomic impacts for each alternate use (alternate uses considered are alternative energy projects, aquaculture, and research and monitoring).

Chapter 6: Alternate Uses of Existing Oil and Natural Gas Platforms on The OCS

Chapter 7: Analysis of the Proposed Action and Its Alternatives  Summary: Chapter 7 compares the estimated environmental impacts of alternative energy project activities on the OCS with other options either not employing their use or substituting other energy resources (e.g., coal- or gas-fired generation).

Chapter 7: Analysis of The Proposed Action and Its Alternatives

Chapter 8: Consultation and Coordination  Summary: A list of the activities involved in the preparation of the programmatic EIS, including public scoping, comments on the EIS, coordination among BOEM offices, and interactions with other Federal agencies.

Chapter 8: Consultation and Coordination

Chapter 9: References  Summary: A list of references cited in Chapters 1 through 8.

Chapter 9: References

Chapter 10: List of Preparers  Summary: List of individuals who participated in the preparation of the Final Programmatic EIS, including a summary of their expertise, experience, professional discipline, and contribution to the Final Programmatic EIS.

Chapter 10: List of Preparers

Chapter 11: Glossary  Summary: Definitions of scientific and technical terms used in the Final Programmatic EIS.

Chapter 11: Glossary

Chapter 12: Index  Summary: Page numbers for key terms used in the Final Programmatic EIS.

Chapter 12: Index

Volume IV: Appendix A through Appendix C  

Volume IV Frontmatter  Summary: Frontmatter for Volume IV of the Final Programmatic EIS document, including cover page, table of contents, notation, and units of measure.

Volume IV Front Matter

Appendix A: Section 388 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, Public Law 109-58  Summary: Text of Section 388 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, Public Law 109-58.

Appendix A: Section 388 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, Public Law 109-58

Appendix B: Public Comments on the Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement  Summary: Text of public comments received on the draft programmatic EIS submitted in person at public hearings, via the Internet, or via mail. Included are BOEM responses to the comments.

Appendix B: Public Comments on the Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement

Comments and Responses

Comments and Responses: Part 1

Comments and Responses: Part 2

Comments and Responses: Part 3

Comments and Responses: Part 4

Comments and Responses: Part 5

Comments and Responses: Part 6

Comments and Responses: Part 7

Comments and Responses: Part 8

Comments and Responses: Part 9

Comments and Responses: Part 10

Comments and Responses: Part 11

Comments and Responses: Part 12

Appendix C: Contractor Disclosure Statement  Summary: Certification by Argonne National Laboratory (contractor assisting the Minerals Management Service in preparing the programmatic environmental impact statement) that it has no financial or other interest in the outcome of the project.

Appendix C: Contractor Disclosure Statement

Assessing the Costs and Benefits of Electricity Generation Using Alternative Energy Resource on the Outer Continental Shelf. Prepared for the Marine Minerals Management Service