Gulf of Mexico Lease Sales 259 and 261 Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement

What's New?

On Jan. 9, 2023, BOEM announced it has prepared a Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for two Gulf of Mexico oil and gas lease sales: Lease Sales 259 and 261, which are being held pursuant to the Inflation Reduction Act and inform the decisionmaker on impacts from a representative lease sale, mitigations, and other action alternatives.

Overview

This Final Supplemental EIS analyzes the potential impacts of the proposed actions on the marine, coastal, and human environments. This Final Supplemental EIS was prepared using the best information that was publicly available at the time the document was prepared. This Supplemental EIS’s analysis focuses on identifying and disclosing the baseline conditions and potential environmental effects of oil and natural gas leasing, exploration, development, and production in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM). This Supplemental EIS will also inform the lease sale processes for GOM oil and gas Lease Sales 259 and 261, which BOEM is required to hold by the end of March and September 2023, respectively, as directed in the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (Public Law 117-169, enacted August 16, 2022).  While BOEM has no discretion on whether to hold these lease sales, BOEM is preparing this Supplemental EIS to follow its normal leasing process to the fullest extent possible.

This Final Supplemental EIS incorporates by reference all the relevant material in the Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program:  2017-2022; Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement; Gulf of Mexico Lease Sales 249, 250, 251, 252, 253, 254, 256, 257, 259, and 261—Final Multisale Environmental Impact Statement (2017-2022 GOM Multisale EIS) and Gulf of Mexico OCS Lease Sale:  Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement 2018 (2018 GOM Supplemental EIS).  This Supplemental EIS has been prepared to aid in the determination of whether or not new available information indicates if either GOM oil and gas Lease Sales 259 or 261 would result in new significant impacts not analyzed in the 2017-2022 GOM Multisale EIS or 2018 GOM Supplemental EIS.

Proposed Action: To hold an oil and gas lease sale on the Federal Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) in the GOM.

Purpose: To offer for lease those areas that may contain economically recoverable oil and gas resources in order to further the orderly development of OCS oil and gas resources in accordance with the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA).

Need: To manage the development of the OCS energy resources in an environmentally and economically responsible manner, as required under Section 18 of the OCSLA.

During the comment period, BOEM held two virtual public meetings where the public learned more about the environmental review process and had an opportunity to ask questions and provide comments on the draft Supplemental EIS. The virtual public meetings were held on October 24 and 26, 2022.

Final Agenda Draft SEIS for Lease Sales

Agenda and recordings (coming soon)

Item

Presenter

Welcome and Introduction

Kearns & West, Facilitator
Welcome and Introduction Video 10-24-22  
Welcome and Introduction Video 10-26-22

Webinar Instructions and Guidance

Kearns & West, Facilitator

Overview of the Gulf of Mexico OCS Oil and Gas Lease Sales 259 and 261 Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (Draft SEIS)

  • Opening Remarks
  • Overview of the Gulf of Mexico OCS Oil and Gas Lease Sales 259 and 261 Draft SEIS

BOEM

  • Michael Celata, Regional Director, New Orleans Office
  • Michelle Nannen, Environmental Scientist 
  • Sarah Coffman, Chief, Economics Division

Opening Remarks and Draft SEIS Overview Video 10-24-22
Opening Remarks and Draft SEIS Overview Video 10-26-22

Clarifying Questions

Kearns & West, Facilitator 
Clarifying Questions from DSEIS Public Meeting Video 10-24-22
Clarifying Questions from DSEIS Public Meeting Video 10-26-22

Public Comment on the Draft SEIS

Kearns & West, Facilitator Video 10-24-22Video 10-26-22

Closing Remarks

BOEM, Michael Celata, Regional Director, New Orleans Office

 

Virtual Meeting Resources