Meeting to be held in New Orleans area

04-14-2016

Contact: Caryl Fagot (BOEM) 504-736-2590
John Filostrat (BOEM) 504-731-7815

NEW ORLEANS - The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is hosting a public meeting in Kenner, LA on April 18 to encourage and facilitate public input on the potential environmental impacts of the Proposed Program, which is the third step in development of the nation’s 2017-2022 Oil and Gas Leasing Five-Year Program.

The meetings will feature information stations hosted by BOEM experts who will be available to informally discuss environmental issues with the public. BOEM is seeking comments on the Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) being prepared for the 2017-2022 oil and gas leasing program. In addition to information stations, attendees will be able to provide hand-written or electronic comments on-site and any other information they feel can assist BOEM in developing the draft PEIS.

The meeting will take place at the Doubletree by Hilton New Orleans Airport, 2150 Veterans Memorial Blvd., in Kenner, LA on Monday, April 18, from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. The Proposed Program, announced on March 15, includes 13 potential lease sales – ten sales in the Gulf of Mexico and three off the coast of Alaska. The entire list of Scoping Meetings is available at https://www.boem.gov/boemoceaninfo/.

Anyone unable to attend the meetings has four other options for participating and submitting comments, starting with the BOEM Five Year PEIS website, https://www.boem.gov/boemoceaninfo/. This site includes a web-based mapping tool that allows the user to visualize the program areas and resource information, and create maps identifying specific areas or resources of concern. The maps and comments may be submitted through Regulations.gov, by email, by traditional mail or by hand delivery.

- BOEM –

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) promotes economic development, energy independence, and environmental protection through responsible, science-based management of offshore conventional and renewable energy resources.