BOEM Extends Comment Period On Potential Oahu Offshore Wind

Release Date
07/29/2016

07-29-2016

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) would like to inform you that we are extending the comment period on the Notice of Intent (NOI) to Prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA) for Wind Leasing and Site Assessment Activities on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Offshore the Island of Oahu. The comment deadline, originally set for August 8, will be extended an additional 30 days and will now end on September 7, 2016. The original NOI was published in the Federal Register on June 24, 2016.

Through the Notice of Intent (NOI), BOEM is seeking public comment for determining issues and alternatives to be analyzed in the EA, which will consider potential environmental impacts associated with issuing future commercial wind leases and approving site assessment activities on the lease areas.

Issuance of the NOI is a very early step in BOEM's offshore wind process. Stakeholder comments and input will be critical to informing BOEM's decision-making process moving forward.

Comments can be submitted by any of the following methods:

  1. Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. In the field entitled, ''Enter Keyword or ID,'' enter BOEM-2016-0049, and then click ''search.'' Follow the instructions to submit public comments and view supporting and related materials available for this notice; or
  2. U.S. mail: Mail in an envelope labeled ''Comments on Hawaii EA'' and addressed to Regional Director, BOEM Pacific OCS Region, 760 Paseo Camarillo, Suite 102, Camarillo, California 93010.

For more information about offshore wind planning efforts for Hawaii, go to http://www.boem.gov/Hawaii.

John D. Romero, Public Affairs Officer
U.S. Department of the Interior
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Office of Public Affairs - Pacific Region
760 Paseo Camarillo
Camarillo, CA 93010