What is Environmental Assessment?

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Environmental assessment is the process in which BOEM evaluates the potential impacts of proposed actions on the environment and suggests alternatives or mitigations that may reduce or eliminate these impacts. Environmental assessment helps BOEM balance uses of the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) and make decisions on the management and development of OCS energy and mineral resources in an environmentally and economically responsible way. By using science, regulatory frameworks, and input from others, the Bureau considers the potential for BOEM activities to impact the ocean’s physical characteristics, biological resources, and marine or coastal uses that are important to the environment and society. 

Click on the interactive sections of the infographic below to view the environmental assessment process step-by-step: