Reminder: Public Meetings on Gulf of Maine Draft Environmental Assessment

Release Date

On June 21, 2024, BOEM published a notice of availability (NOA) of a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) in the Federal Register. The draft EA assesses the potential impacts associated with possible wind energy-related leasing, site assessment, and site characterization activities on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf in the Gulf of Maine. The draft EA will help inform BOEM’s decision whether to issue wind energy leases in the Gulf of Maine Wind Energy Areas.

The NOA initiates a 30-day public comment period that ends at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on July 22, 2024. During the public comment period, BOEM will be hosting two virtual meetings to allow the public to learn more about the draft EA, ask questions, and provide oral testimony.  

The virtual meetings will be held on the following dates. All times are Eastern:

For more information, please see BOEM’s Virtual Meeting Room.    

How to Submit Comments

  • Through the web portal: Navigate to and search for Docket No. BOEM-2024-0030 to submit public comments and view supporting and related materials available for this notice.  Click on the “Comment” button below the document link.  Enter your information and comment, then click “Submit Comment”; or
  • By U.S. Postal Service or other delivery service: Send your comments and information to the following address: Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Office of Renewable Energy Programs, 45600 Woodland Road, Mail Stop VAM-OREP, Sterling, VA 20166.

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The Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) manages development of U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) energy, mineral, and geological resources in an environmentally and economically responsible way.