BOEMRE Seeks Comment on Mid-Atlantic WEAs
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) recently announced initial steps in the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) ‘‘Smart from the Start’’ wind energy initiative to identify areas for wind energy leasing proposals. As per the Federal notice, DOI is now accepting comment on “the Department’s commitment to analyze the initiative’s siting, leasing and site assessment decisions”.
This notice identifies Wind Energy Areas (WEAs) offshore New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia that BOEMRE has found to be suitable for consideration for wind energy development. The notice also solicits comment on “the environmental effects of reasonably foreseeable site characterization surveys that may be undertaken if BOEMRE issues a lease or leases in any or all of the identified WEAs”.
Click here to view the full Federal Notice. The comment deadline is March 11, 2011.