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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
Meetings were held in: Nuiqsut (Kisik Community Center); Fairbanks (Westmark Hotel & Convention Center; Kaktovik (Kaktovik Community Center) <<CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER>>; Utqiagvik/Barrow (Iñupiat Heritage Center) and Anchorage (Dena'ina Civic & Convention Center) Draft EIS Comment Period: August 18, 2017 - December 8, 2017. Substantive comments received will be used to inform preparation of the Final EIS. Comments are available to review online.
Complete 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: 09/14/2018
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: 11/13/2018
Issuance of an Amended Record of Decision
N/A
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