Thursday, January 17, 2008
On November 5, 2007, the Minerals Management Service (MMS) announced in the Federal Register an interim policy for authorization of the installation of offshore data collection and technology testing facilities in federal waters. The MMS is accepting comments and nominations concerning the authorization of Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) activities involving the installation of meteorological or marine data collection facilities to assess alternative energy resources (e.g., wind, wave, and ocean current) or to test alternative energy technology. The interim policy is in effect until the MMS promulgates final rules for the Alternative Energy and Alternate Use (AEAU) program.
In an effort to facilitate the nomination and commenting process, Minerals Management Service (MMS) has deployed a prototype web-mapping viewer. The purpose of the web-mapping viewer is to assist the public in nominating and commenting on specific areas. The viewer depicts the characteristics of areas and identifies their use and/or restricted use in the marine environment. The MMS has selected information that is most readily available and likely to provide the greatest benefit such as data layers showing protraction diagrams, OCS blocks, shipping lanes, National Marine Sanctuaries, etc. Since this viewer is a prototype and still undergoing development, data layers will be updated throughout the commenting period.
Comments and nomination areas (by lease block) should be submitted electronically through the MMS Public Connect online commenting system or by mail to:
Minerals Management Service
Offshore Minerals Management
Alternative Energy and Alternate Use Team
Mail Stop 4080
381 Elden Street
Herndon, Virginia 20170-4817