BOEM Issues Notice of Availability of Final Multisale EIS for Proposed 2017-2022 Gulf of Mexico OCS Oil and Gas Lease Sales

03-09-2017

Contacts: Caryl Fagot
504-736-2590

The U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announces the availability of the Gulf of Mexico OCS Oil and Gas Lease Sales: 2017-2022; Gulf of Mexico Lease Sales 249, 250, 251, 252, 253, 254, 256, 257, 259, and 261; Final Multi-sale Environmental Impact Statement (2017-2022 GOM Multi-sale EIS).

The proposed oil and gas lease sales are scheduled to be held in 2017-2022 under the 2017-2022 Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program, and include all available unleased blocks within the Western Planning Area (WPA), Central Planning Area (CPA), and Eastern Planning Area (EPA).

The Final 2017-2022 GOM Multi-sale EIS analyzes the baseline conditions and potential environmental effects of oil and natural gas leasing, exploration, development, and production in the region-wide lease sale area which covers about 95 million acres.

BOEM has examined the potential impacts of routine activities, accidental events, and the proposed lease sales’ incremental contribution to the cumulative impacts on environmental and socioeconomic resources.

Since publication of the Draft 2017-2022 GOM Multi-sale EIS last year, BOEM has reviewed public comments received, 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 from academic institutions and Federal, State, and local agencies; and interviewed personnel from academic institutions and Federal, State, and local agencies.

You may download or view the Final 2017-2022 GOM Multisale EIS on BOEM’s website at http://www.boem.gov/nepaprocess/.