On July 29, BOEM announced it would be conducting an environmental review of its designated Wind Energy Area offshore Humboldt County in northern California.
The agency also announced it is seeking public comments as part of its environmental review. As such, the agency initiated a 45-day public comment period, which ends on September 13.
To facilitate public input, BOEM will host two virtual meetings on August 24. The first will be held from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. The second will be held from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Meeting times listed are in Pacific Time.
The input received during the public meetings and throughout the comment period will be used to inform BOEM’s preparation of its Environmental Assessment (EA) for future commercial wind lease issuance on the Pacific Outer Continental Shelf off the coast of Humboldt County, California, per the National Environmental Policy Act.
BOEM intends to prepare the EA to consider the environmental consequences associated with issuing commercial wind leases, and associated site characterization activities (i.e., biological, archeological, geological, and geophysical surveys and core samples) and site assessment activities (i.e., installation of meteorological buoys) within the designated WEA offshore northern California.
Additional information on the meetings and details on how to comment can be found on the BOEM’s website at www.boem.gov/HumboldtEA