- Published: 12 August 2021 12 August 2021
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced the availability of a draft environmental assessment (EA) that assesses the potential impacts of the issuance of commercial and research leases within the identified wind energy areas (WEAs) of the New York Bight, and granting of rights-of-way and rights-of-use and easement in the region.
The EA considers potential environmental consequences of site characterization activities (i.e., biological, archeological, geological, and geophysical surveys and core samples) and site assessment activities (i.e., installation of meteorological buoys). The EA also considers project easements associated with each potential lease issued and grants for subsea cable corridors in the New York Bight. The availability of this EA initiates a 30-day public comment period that ends on September 9, 2021. During the public comment period, BOEM will be hosting two virtual meetings where you can learn more about the draft EA, ask questions, and provide oral testimony. The virtual meetings will be held on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 1:00 PM Eastern and Wednesday, August 25, 2021 at 5:00 PM Eastern.