Vineyard Mid-Atlantic (OCS-A 0544)

NYB Mid Atlantic map
Vineyard Mid Atlantic Lease Area. More information available at Interactive BOEM Leases and Planning Area Maps

On April 19, 2023, Vineyard Mid-Atlantic, LLC submitted a Site Assessment Plan (SAP) to assess metrological and oceanographic conditions on this lease area. The SAP is currently under review.

Please see the Site Assessment Plan tab for more information.

Background

On February 23, 2022, BOEM held a competitive lease sale offshore New York and New Jersey. Vineyard Mid-Atlantic, LLC was identified as the winner of Lease Area OCS-A 0544 (43,056 acres) located in federal waters approximately 20 miles offshore New York and 36 miles offshore New Jersey. Please see the New York Bight page for more information. 

Vineyard Mid-Atlantic is in the SAP submission phase within BOEM’s authorization process. 
 

For more information on this lease area, lease history, including the Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Task Force meetings, and efforts underway for the New York Bight Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement, please visit the New York Bight page. For up-to-date leasing information, including the original lease and any lease amendments that may have occurred since initial lease execution, visit the Lease and Grant Information page.

For more information on efforts to advance meaningful engagement with environmental justice communities surrounding the New York Bight, please visit Environmental Justice Forums for New York and New Jersey.

As required by the lease, Vineyard Mid-Atlantic is required to develop publicly available communication plans. Additional information is provided below.

The Native American Tribes Communication Plan describes the strategies that the Lessee intends to use for communicating with federally recognized Tribes and outlines methods for engaging with and disseminating information to federally recognized Tribes with cultural and/or historical ties to the lease area.  

The Fisheries Communication Plan describes the strategies that the Lessee intends to use for communicating with commercial and recreational fisheries prior to and during activities in support of the submission of a plan, such as a Site Assessment Plan or Construction and Operations Plan.  The plan includes information on the distribution of “Notice to Mariners” and other outreach and coordination. Additionally, the plan includes Vineyard Mid-Atlantic’s Fisheries Liaison as a primary point of contact and a process to file complaints with Vineyard Mid-Atlantic and seek replacement of or compensation for lost gear. 

The Agency Communication Plan describes the strategies that the Lessee intends to use for communicating with federal, state, and local agencies with authority related to the lease area. The plan outlines specific methods for engaging with and disseminating information related to permits and trust resources to these agencies.

These communications plans may be updated and refined over time and the latest plans be found on Vineyard Mid-Atlantic’s webpage.
 

As required by the lease, Vineyard Mid-Atlantic is required to submit progress reports to BOEM every six months until approval of a Construction and Operations Plan. The intent of the progress report is to improve Lessee communication and transparency with Tribes and other parties, including:

  • Coastal communities
  • Commercial and recreational fishing industries
  • Educational and research institutions
  • Environmental and public interest non-governmental organizations
  • Federal, state, and local agencies
  • Federally recognized Tribes
  • General public
  • Mariners and the maritime industry
  • Ocean users
  • Submarine cable operators
  • Underserved communities, as defined in Section 2 of Executive Order 13985

Additionally, the intent of the progress report is to encourage lessees to identify and engage with underserved communities, including environmental justice communities that may be disproportionately impacted by the Project’s offshore activities, to avoid, minimize, and mitigate potential adverse effects.

The progress reports are available below. If you have any questions, please contact Vineyard Mid-Atlantic or the BOEM project coordinator identified below.

Lessee point of contact: Geri Edens and Esther Siskind

BOEM project coordinator: Kristen Sinclair

On April 19, 2023, Vineyard Mid-Atlantic submitted a Site Assessment Plan (SAP) to assess metrological and oceanographic conditions on this lease area. The SAP is currently under review. If approved, BOEM will post the SAP here.

Vineyard Mid-Atlantic has not submitted a Construction and Operations Plan (COP) for BOEM review.  Once a COP is submitted, BOEM will post it here.

BOEM is currently preparing a programmatic environmental impact statement (PEIS) that will analyze potential impacts from anticipated offshore wind energy development in the six New York Bight lease areas executed in May 2022. This PEIS adds another level of environmental review to the leasing and development process; additional project-specific reviews are still required prior to a project being approved, disapproved, or approved with modifications. Please visit the New York Bight Environmental Assessment page for further information.  

Vineyard Mid-Atlantic has not submitted a Construction and Operations Plan (COP) for BOEM review. Lease-specific environmental review based on the COP will be updated here.