Atlantic G&G Permitting
Interior Department Advances America-First Offshore Energy Strategy - Supports Offshore Seismic Science; Advances Processing Applications for G&G Survey Permits in Atlantic
In accordance with Secretarial Order 3350, which implements President Trump’s America-First Offshore Energy Strategy, the Department of the Interior today announced it will move forward to resume its evaluation of applications from six companies seeking permits to conduct geological and geophysical (G&G) activities in the Atlantic Ocean in order to resume their evaluation, upon the grant of the remand by the Interior Board of Land Appeals (IBLA).
||Currently Submitted Atlantic OCS Region Permits
Visit BOEM’s comment dockets for the Atlantic G&G Permit Applications at regulations.gov.
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The Atlantic Permitting Process
provides a step-by-step flow chart displaying each aspect of the
process. A deliberate, careful environmental analysis is conducted
before a permit is issued. While there is no timeline associated with
the review, BOEM is committed to ensuring the safety of the marine
Section 7 Consultation with NMFS
The existing Atlantic geological and geophysical (G&G) programmatic biological opinion (BiOp) from the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) for consultation under Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) was finalized on July 19, 2013 (the “G&G Atlantic BiOp”). It covers both Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and Bureau Safety Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) actions for G&G activities across all three of BOEM’s program areas (oil and gas, renewable energy, and marine minerals) in the Mid- and South Atlantic Planning Areas from 2013-2020. BOEM and BSEE have reinitiated Section 7 consultation and requested conference with NMFS in the Atlantic for G&G activities in light of the following:
- Final rule designating critical habitat for the Northwest Atlantic distinct population segment (DPS) of loggerhead sea turtles (79 FR 39855);
- Final rule listing the Northwest Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico DPS of scalloped hammerhead shark as endangered (79 FR 38213);
- Proposed rule to expand designated critical habitat for the North Atlantic Right Whale (80 FR 9314);
- Proposed listing of the following species under the ESA: (i) Caribbean electric ray (79 FR 4877); (ii) dwarf seahorse (77 FR 25687); (iii) bigeye thresher shark (80 FR 48061); (iv) common thresher shark (80 FR 11379); (v) porbeagle shark (80 FR 16356); (vi) smooth hammerhead shark (80 FR 48053); (vii) humpback whale (80 FR 22304); (vii) and green sea turtle (80 FR 51763); and
- New information available since the issuance of the G&G Atlantic BiOp.