BOEM to conduct an environmental review of Atlantic Shores projects

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 29/09/2021 DOI

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will conduct an environmental review of two proposed wind energy development projects offshore New Jersey.

Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind is a 50/50 partnership between Shell New Energies US LLC and EDF Renewables North America. The joint venture formed in December 2018 to co-develop a
183,353 acre lease area.

Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind LLC (Atlantic Shores) submitted a plan to BOEM to construct and operate two commercial-scale offshore wind projects in federal waters approximately 8.7 miles from the New Jersey shoreline. The first of the two projects will have a capacity of 1,510 MW, enough to power over 700,000 homes.

BOEM will publish a Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in the Federal Register on Sept. 30, 2021. Publication of the NOI will open a 30-day public comment period. During this time, BOEM will hold three virtual public meetings and accept comments to inform the preparation of the EIS. These meetings and public comments will help BOEM determine the scope of the important resources and issues, impact-producing factors, reasonable alternatives, and potential mitigating measures that should be analysed in the EIS.

The 30-day public comment period extends through 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on Nov. 1, 2021. BOEM’s virtual scoping meetings will be held at the following dates and times (Eastern):

Tuesday, Oct. 19 at 5 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 21 at 1 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 25 at 5 p.m.

“We are committed to facilitating a transparent and inclusive process for every offshore energy development project,”
 said BOEM Director Amanda Lefton. “Public input plays an essential role for identifying and mitigating potential impacts from proposed energy development activities. That is why BOEM is committed to working closely with ocean users, such as commercial fishermen, as well as industry, Tribes, government partners, and conservation organizations, to make sure offshore wind development is done in an environmentally safe and responsible way.”  

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