Notice: Notice and Opportunity to Comment on Requests for Consistency – Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM)
On January 10, 1997, the State of Texas received federal approval of the Coastal Management Program (CMP) (62 Federal Register pp. 1439 - 1440). Under federal law, federal agency activities and actions affecting the Texas coastal zone must be consistent with the CMP goals and policies identified in 31 TAC Chapter 501. Requests for federal consistency review were deemed administratively complete for the following project(s) during the period of October 23, 2017 to October 30, 2017. As required by federal law, the public is given an opportunity to comment on the consistency of proposed activities in the coastal zone undertaken or authorized by federal agencies. Pursuant to 31 TAC §§506.25, 506.32, and 506.41, the public comment period extends 30 days from the date published on the Texas General Land Office web site. The notice was published on the web site on Friday, November 3, 2017. The public comment period for this project will close at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 5, 2017.
FEDERAL AGENCY ACTIONS:
Applicant: Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM)
Location: Gulf of Mexico
Project Description: BOEM proposes to offer for lease in proposed GOM Regionwide Lease Sale 250 most available unleased blocks in the Western and Central Planning Areas (WPA and CPA, respectively), and a small portion of the Eastern Planning Area (EPA) not subject to Congressional moratorium. The proposed GOM regionwide lease sale area includes all available unleased blocks within the WPA, CPA, and EPA except for whole blocks and portions of blocks deferred by the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006; blocks that are adjacent to or beyond the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone in the area known as the northern portion of the Eastern Gap; and whole blocks and partial blocks within the boundary of the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary. The final decision on whether and how to proceed with the lease sale and the lease blocks available for leasing will be announced in the Record of Decision, and, if the decision is to proceed, a Final Notice of Sale. Absent additional analysis, the proposed lease sale area may be smaller than, but would not be larger than, the area considered herein. The proposed regionwide lease sale area encompasses about 91.93 million acres. The estimated amount of resources projected to be developed as a result of this proposed regionwide lease sale is 0.211-1.118 billion barrels of oil and 0.547-4.424 trillion cubic feet of gas. BOEM proposes to hold GOM Regionwide Lease Sale 250 in March 2018.
CMP Project No: 18-1048-F4
Pursuant to §306(d)(14) of the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 (16 U.S.C.A. §§1451-1464), as amended, interested parties are invited to submit comments on whether a proposed action or activity is or is not consistent with the Texas Coastal Management Program goals and policies and whether the action should be referred to the Land Commissioner for review.
Further information on the applications listed above, including a copy of the consistency certifications or consistency determinations for inspection, may be obtained from Ms. Allison Buchtien, P.O. Box 12873, Austin, Texas 78711-2873, or via email at email@example.com. Comments should be sent to Ms. Buchtien at the above address or by email.
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