[MARMAM] NMFS Releases Final EIS on the Effects of Oil and Gas Activities in the Arctic Ocean

Candace Nachman - NOAA Federal candace.nachman at noaa.gov
Tue Oct 11 10:04:29 PDT 2016


All,



The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is pleased to announce the
availability of the Effects of Oil and Gas Activities in the Arctic Ocean
Final Environmental Impact Statement (Final EIS).  The Final EIS is now
available on the project website:
http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/permits/eis/arctic.htm.



The purpose of the EIS is to evaluate, in compliance with the National
Environmental Policy Act, the potential direct, indirect, and cumulative
impacts of implementing the alternative approaches for authorizing the take
of marine mammals incidental to oil and gas exploration activities in the
Arctic Ocean pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act.  The U.S.
Department of the Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) was a
cooperating agency on this EIS, and as such, this EIS also evaluates the
potential direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts of implementing the
alternative approaches for authorizing geological and geophysical surveys
and ancillary activities under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act in the
Arctic Ocean.  The North Slope Borough was also a cooperating agency on
this EIS.



NMFS approved the Final EIS for publication, and the Notice of Availability
(NOA) will publish in the *Federal Register* on Friday, October 21, 2016.
Once published, a link to the NOA will be available on the project website
listed above.



Thank you for your interest and participation in the Effects of Oil and Gas
Activities in the Arctic Ocean EIS.

Candace

-- 
Candace Nachman
HQ Arctic Liaison

NOAA Fisheries
Office of Policy
1315 East West Highway, Rm 14530
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Ph: (301) 427-8031
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