Wind Energy Area Draft EJ POCs Meeting August 22, 2022


The State of Louisiana sent a request to BOEM for the establishment of an intergovernmental task force two years ago. Given that renewable energy development in federal waters could affect natural, socioeconomic, and cultural resources shared in all Gulf states, BOEM recommended the establishment of the Gulf of Mexico Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Task Force, a regional task force that includes Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas, along with relevant governmental entities (both state and local), in addition to interested federal agencies and Tribes. BOEM has prepared a draft environmental assessment (EA) to consider potential offshore wind leasing in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The draft EA considered potential environmental consequences of site characterization activities associated with the possibility of issuing wind energy leases in the Western and Central Gulf of Mexico.