Proposed lease area offshore Georgia
BOEM is processing an application from Southern Company for an Interim Policy lease approximately 3 to 11 nautical miles off the coast of Tybee Island, Georgia, which would authorize the installation and operation of a meteorological tower and/or buoy. Information about the application is below.
- Application - In April 2011, Southern Company submitted an Interim Policy lease application to place a fixed meteorological tower on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) to collect site-specific wind and environmental data.
- Addendum A - In May 2012, Southern Company submitted "Addendum A" that also proposed deploying the AXYS WindSentinelTM, a mobile or movable single unit alternative technology.
- Addendum B - In October 2012, BOEM requested additional information and clarifications which were provided by Southern Company as "Addendum B."
On December 14, 2012, BOEM published a Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA) that requested public comments on alternatives for consideration in the EA as well as identification of important environmental issues associated with issuing a lease for an offshore data collection facility and related activities (77 FR 74512). BOEM considered these public comments in drafting the alternatives and assessing the reasonably foreseeable environmental impacts associated with each. The NOI and comments received in response to the NOI are provided below.
On April 1, 2014, BOEM announced the publication of its EA for public review and comment. To view the notice and EA, click on the links below.
BOEM has funded or considered numerous studies to collect information about the marine environment to support decisions concerning offshore renewable energy development. For more information, please visit http://www.boem.gov/Georgia-Environmental-Studies/.
BOEM will consider public comments on the EA to determine whether to issue a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) or conduct additional analysis under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
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