NOAA Re-Extends Period on Proposed ESA Green Sea Turtle Listing Revisions

The National Marine Fisheries Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have announced that the agencies are again extending the public comment period on their proposal to replace the current range-wide “threatened” Endangered Species Act designation for the green sea turtle (currently listed as endangered for the Florida and Mexican Pacific coast breeding populations) with… More »

Coast Guard Re-Opens Comment Period on Proposed Changes to Commercial Diving Regulations

The U.S. Coast Guard has announced that it is reopening the comment period on its proposal to amend regulations for commercial diving conducted in connection with Outer Continental Shelf activities, from vessels required to have a Coast Guard inspection certificate, or from deepwater ports/port safety zones.  Comments are now due by Friday, October 23.

BOEM Unveils Updated Environmental Studies Program Information System

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management recently announced the agency’s “reinvention” of the Environmental Studies Program Information System as part of an effort to “streamline the search, discovery, and retrieval of environmental science.” Developed in partnership with NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management, BOEM states that the new site aligns the agency with the government’s “move… More »

BOEM Releases Notice to Lessees on General Financial Assurance

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has announced the issuance of a Notice to Lessees that provides updates to bureau names and citations and covers all BOEM general financial assurance requirements.  The NTL clarifies requirements for general financial assurance but does not address additional security (supplemental bonding) or oil spill financial responsibility requirements.