Comments Sought on Draft SEIS for Western GOM Lease Sales

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) recently announced that it is seeking comments by Monday, October 20 on a draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for proposed Gulf of Mexico Western Planning Area Lease Sales 246 (2015) and 248 (2016).

BOEM’s proposed action is to offer for lease all unleased blocks, other than whole and partial blocks within the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary.  The proposed lease sale area comprises 28.58 million acres, of which 21.6 million are unleased (as of July 2014).

In conjunction with the announcement, BOEM announced that public hearings will be held in Houston, TX (September 23) and New Orleans, LA (September 25).