The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) says it will prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Construction and Operations Plan (COP) submitted by Deepwater Wind that would allow it to construct and operate up to 15 turbines, an electric service platform offshore Rhode Island and Massachusetts, and an export cable to East Hampton, New York.
Comments may be submitted until November 19, 2018 by either of the following two methods:
- Federal eRulemaking Portal: In the entry titled “Enter Keyword or ID,” enter BOEM– 2018-0010, and then click “search.” Follow the instructions to submit public comments and view supporting and related materials available for this notice.
- U.S. Postal Service or other delivery service. Send your comments and information to the following address:
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Office of Renewable Energy Programs
45600 Woodland Road (VAM-OREP)
Sterling, Virginia 20166
BOEM’s scoping process is intended to identify any important issues and potential alternatives for consideration in the Deepwater Wind COP EIS. Throughout the scoping process, there will be multiple opportunities to help BOEM determine significant resources (e.g. avian, marine mammals) and issues, impact-producing factors, reasonable alternatives, and potential mitigating measures to be analyzed in the EIS.
During the public comment period, BOEM will hold three public scoping meetings to help inform BOEM’s environmental review.
BOEM’s environmental review of Deepwater Wind’s COP and related public meetings were first announced by Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke on October 17, 2018. Detailed information about the proposed wind energy facility, including the COP, can be found on BOEM’s website.