BOEM Completes Final Supplemental Review On 2018 Gulf Of Mexico OCS Oil And Gas Lease Sales

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The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has released the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for proposed oil and gas Lease Sales 250 and 251.

The 2018 Gulf of Mexico (GOM) Final SEIS provides an analysis of the potential significant impacts of a proposed region-wide lease sale and the reasonable alternatives to the proposed sale.

This publication tiers from and updates the 2017- 2022 GOM Multisale EIS and replaces the 2018 GOM Draft SEIS. BOEM has reviewed public comments, provided responses, and revised the document to address substantive comments; conducted additional searches for new information; reviewed scientific journals and available scientific data and information; and interviewed personnel from academic institutions and Federal, state, and local agencies. 

 The Final SEIS will inform decisions for each of the two proposed GOM 2018 lease sales, as scheduled in the 2017-2022 Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Proposed Final Program. It is also expected to be used and supplemented as necessary for decisions on future Gulf of Mexico proposed region-wide lease sales. BOEM will continue to conduct and assess additional scientific research and studies, and use this information to inform future offshore leasing and energy development decisions.

Federal Register notice announcing the availability of the Gulf of Mexico OCS Lease Sale:  Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement 2018 will be published on December 15, 2017.

The Final SEIS is available to view online: It is also available through BOEM's GOM Region's Public Information Office, and can be requested at 800-200-GULF (4853).

Caryl Fagot
Office of Public Affairs
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
(O) 504-736-2590