Update: Public Meetings on Environmental Assessment for NC Offshore Wind
Last week, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Abigail Hopper announced the release of an Environmental Assessment (EA) supporting a potential lease sale for more than 300,000 acres of federal waters off the coast of North Carolina for wind energy development.
The EA is available for a 30-day comment period, which ends on Feb. 23, 2015. To submit comments, visit BOEM's website at: http://www.boem.gov/About-BOEM/Public-Engagement/Public-Engagement-Opportunities.aspx (click on the "Open Comment Documents" link). You may also deliver comments to the following address.
Office of Renewable Energy Programs
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
381 Elden Street, HM 1328
Herndon, Virginia 20170-4817
In addition to the request for written comments, BOEM is holding three public meetings to provide an overview of the EA findings and solicit public comments.
Monday, Feb. 9, 2015 (5:00 to 8:00 p.m.)
Hilton Garden Inn
5353 North Virginia Dare Trail
Kitty Hawk, NC 27949
Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015 (5:00 to 8:00 p.m.)
Coastline Conference & Event Center
503 Nutt Street
Wilmington NC 28401
Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015 (5:00 to 8:00 p.m.)
South Brunswick Islands Center
9400 Ocean Highway 17 W
Carolina Shores, NC 28467
Auxiliary aids and services will be provided upon request. Please email me your request by close of business on Feb. 4. To learn more about this announcement, click here.