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The Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has completed the final environmental impact statement (FEIS), with environmental analysis that will support decision-making concerning oil and gas lease sales scheduled in the Gulf of Mexico (GoM) over the next five years.
The FEIS provides baseline analysis in support of the ten lease sales scheduled in the central and western GoM planning areas over the next five years and evaluates baseline conditions and potential environmental effects of oil and natural gas leasing, exploration, development and production in these two areas. BOEM will continue to evaluate new scientific and environmental information over the course of the coming years and to integrate that information in planning for individual lease sales.
“This EIS is a crucial step in supporting our ability to make well-informed, science-based decisions regarding offshore oil and gas activity in the GoM,” said BOEM director Tommy Beaudreau. “The GoM is extremely important to the energy future of the US, and offshore oil and gas activity there must be done safely and with safeguards for the environment.”
Additionally, BOEM has created interactive maps containing key information for the five-year, pre- and post-lease decision making processes. The maps will allow the public to view multiple data layers of existing data and afford the opportunity to provide new data to better inform decision-makers.