On Jan. 4, 2018, the U.S. Dept. of Interior announced plans to open waters off of North Carolina and other Atlantic Coast states to offshore oil and gas exploration and development.
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management held a public meeting to accept written comments on the draft proposed plan on Feb. 27 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the North Raleigh Hilton, 3415 Wake Forest Road in Raleigh.
BOEM may soon publish a Proposed Program and Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS), triggering a 90-day comment period. If North Carolina is included in this five-year plan, this will be last opportunity to comment before the Proposed Plan is sent to the President and Congress for final approval.
After BOEM’s pre-leasing activity and possible lease sales, they will conduct another review process for post-leasing activities that will include oil and gas exploration and oil and gas development approvals. A graphic illustrating the Oil and Gas Leasing Process can be found here https://www.boem.gov/BOEM-OCS-Oil-Gas-Leasing-Process/.
For more information on BOEM’s five-year oil and gas leasing program, go to https://www.boem.gov/Five-Year-Program/.
See a more detailed graphic on the process and its timeline.
See the timeline of events for a full summary.
See related documents from all parties involved broken up in the tabs below.
Aug. 17, 2017: Response to BOEM from Gov. Cooper and DEQ
August 20, 2014: NC Request to Review Unlisted GG Activities
November 18, 2014: OCM Unlisted Activities Approval
Nov. 30, 2018: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued incidental harassment authorizations (IHAs) to five separate applicants to incidentally harass marine mammals during geophysical survey activities in the Atlantic Ocean.
Dec. 14, 2018: Complaints filed challenging the Incidental Harassment Authorizations:
- SELC/NGOs complaint
- SCELP/SC Municipalities complaint
- South Carolina’s Complaint to intervene
- North Carolina and Atlantic States Complaint to intervene
Seismic survey companies information
March 12, 2019: Federal consistency determination request
April 11, 2019: DCM Incomplete Submission
April 15, 2019: DCM Request to "Stay" Review
May 20, 2019: Public Hearing
May 24, 2019: DMF WesternGeco Review
May 24, 2019: WRC WesternGeco Review
Dec. 23, 2019: Western Geco's Reply Brief
June 15, 2020 WesternGeco North Carolina Consistency Appeal Decision