Public meeting on oil and gas
leasing will be March 16 in KDH
response to requests from citizens, organizations and elected
officials, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has added
a public scoping meeting on the Outer Banks about the federal
government's proposal to conduct an oil and gas lease sale off the East
Coast, including North Carolina.
As part of its environmental
analysis, BOEM is asking all stakeholders to help identify areas or
issues of concern for evaluation and to provide public comment on the
The meeting will be on Monday, March 16, from 3 until 7
p.m. at the Ramada Inn, Nags Head Oceanfront, 1701 S. Virginia Dare
Trail in Kill Devils Hills.
These meeting will feature
information stations hosted by BOEM experts who will be available to
discuss environmental issues with the public. Information gathered
during these meetings will help BOEM determine which environmental
issues to analyze further in the PEIS being prepared for the 2017-2022
oil and gas leasing program. In addition to information stations,
attendees will be able to provide hand-written or electronic comments
on-site and any other information they feel can assist BOEM in
developing the PEIS.
The Draft Proposed Program (DPP),
announced in January, includes 14 potential lease sales in eight
planning areas -- 10 sales in the Gulf of Mexico, three off the coast
of Alaska, and one in a portion of the Mid- and South-Atlantic.
BOEM had scheduled a meeting in Wilmington, N.C., but none in the
northern part of the states, including the Outer Banks, where there is
keen interest in the proposed program.
Anyone unable to
attend the meetings has three other options for participating and
submitting scoping comments, starting with the BOEM PEIS
website, www.boemoceaninfo.com. This
site includes a web-based mapping tool that allows the user to
visualize the program areas and resource information, and create maps
identifying specific areas or resources of concern. The maps and
comments may be submitted through Regulations.gov
(www.boemoceaninfo.com connects to Regulations.gov),
by traditional mail or by hand delivery. The deadline for providing
scoping comments is March 30.
To learn more
about the PEIS and the 2017-2022 Oil and Gas Program
development, click here.