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Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Environmental Studies Development

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is beginning to develop the FY2014 Environmental Studies Development Plan.  Previous plans are available at:

BOEM seeks your participation in identifying studies to be considered for this and future plans including biological, social, economic and cultural topics. 


BOEM has the responsibility for ensuring that effects on the natural and human environment are taken into consideration in renewable energy leasing and development decisions on the Outer Continental Shelf.  Through the Environmental Studies Program (ESP), BOEM funds the collection of environmental information as directed by the Outer Continental Lands Act Section 20 (a) and (b).  The ESP focuses on baseline information about the environment and the effects from activities that result from the leasing and development process.  


Please use the attached template to provide your suggestions and respond to this message by November 30, 2012.  This will ensure you are providing the relevant information we need to incorporate your ideas in our plan.  You may visit BOEM’s Renewable Energy Program website for a list of ongoing and completed studies. 


Please keep in mind that funding fluctuates from year-to-year and more studies are proposed than can be funded in any one year.  Your input will assist in the development of the FY2014 plan as well as future plans.  If you have any questions about the process, please contact Dr. Mary Boatman, Environmental Studies Chief, Office of Renewable Energy Programs, at (703) 787-1662.  We appreciate your participation in this process and look forward to your suggestions. 


Office of Renewable Energy Programs

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

The County of Dukes County PO Box 190, Edgartown, MA 02539
Phone: 508.696.3840    Fax: 508.696.3841
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