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Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)

Description: 

NEPA (42 USC 4321 et seq.) requires Federal agencies to use a systematic, interdisciplinary approach to analyzing the environmental impact of major Federal Actions. This approach ensures integration of natural and social sciences in any planning and decision-making that may have an impact on the environment. In furtherance of these policies, NEPA also requires Federal agencies to prepare a detailed EIS on any major Federal action that may have a significant impact on the environment. An EIS must analyze any adverse environmental effects that cannot be avoided or mitigated, alternatives including the Proposed Action, the relationship between short-term uses and long-term productivity of the environment, and any irreversible and irretrievable commitments of resources. In 1979, the Council on Environmental Quality established uniform procedures for implementing NEPA. These regulations (40 CFR § 1500–1508) provide for the use of the NEPA process to identify and assess the alternatives to proposed actions that avoid and minimize adverse effects on the human environment. The USDOI regulations implementing NEPA are at 43 CFR Part 46.

All of BOEM’s cooperating Federal agencies—including BSEE, EPA, USACE, NMFS, and USFWS—are also bound by NEPA.

Milestones:
Issuance of Notice of Intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
Complete 09/18/2015
Scoping
Complete 11/13/2015
Official Notice of Availability of a Draft EIS published in the Federal Register
Department of Interior
The Notice of Availability for the Liberty Project Draft EIS (referenced in the Aug. 18 entry, below) is published in the Federal Register. This publication initiates a 90-day public comment period ending at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. During this time, comments may be submitted via the following means: >>Via regulations.gov (click the "Comment Now" button on the top right) >>Comments may be mailed to: BUREAU OF OCEAN ENERGY MANAGEMENT ATTN: LIBERTY DRAFT EIS COMMENTS BLM PUBLIC INFORMATION CENTER 222 W 7TH AVE #13 ANCHORAGE AK 99513 Comments may also be submitted at one of the following scheduled public hearings (Note that these times/dates may be subject to change due to weather or other unforeseen events; be sure to check here periodically for any updates.) Schedule of public hearings (all times 7pm-10pm): Date Location Oct 2 Nuiqsut (Kisik Community Center) Oct 3 Fairbanks (Westmark Hotel & Convention Center Oct 4 Kaktovik (Kaktovik Community Center) Oct 5 Utqiagvik/Barrow (Iñupiat Heritage Center) Oct 10 Anchorage (Dena'ina Civic & Convention Center) Substantive comments received will be used to inform preparation of the Final EIS.
In Progress 08/18/2017
Target: 07/28/2017
Official Notice of Availability of a Final EIS published in the Federal Register
Department of Interior
Planned
Target: 09/28/2018
Official Notice of Availability of a Supplemental Draft EIS published in the Federal Register
N/A
Official Notice of Availability of a Supplemental Final EIS published in the Federal Register
N/A
Issuance of Record of Decision
In accordance with 30 CFR 550.270(a)(ii), BOEM will make a decision on the Liberty DPP within 60 days once the Final EIS is released.
Planned
Target: 11/30/2018
Issuance of an Amended Record of Decision
N/A
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