Comment Period Extended on Gulf Wind Energy Proposal
WASHINGTON — The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has extended the deadline to make comments on two potential wind energy areas in the Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf to Sept. 2.
Previously the deadline for responses and comments had been Aug. 19, this Friday.
On July 20, the Interior Department announced the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management was seeking public comment on the opening of two potential wind energy areas in the Gulf of Mexico.
The first potential area for development is located approximately 24 nautical miles off the coast of Galveston, Texas, and covers a total of about 546,645 acres.
According to the agency, it has the potential to power 2.3 million homes with clean wind energy.
The second potential area is located approximately 56 nm off the coast of Lake Charles, Louisiana, covers a total of 188,023 acres, and has the potential to power approximately 800,000 homes.
The agency is also extending the comment period by 15 days on a draft Environmental Assessment covering the entire region to consider the potential impacts from site characterization and site assessment and the installation of meteorological buoys, activities expected to take place following lease issuance.