On January 23, 2015, BOEM published an Environmental Assessment (EA) for public review and comment. BOEM carefully considered all comments received, and on September 17, 2015, made available a revised environmental assessment (EA) for the Wind Energy Areas (WEAs) offshore North Carolina. As a result of the analysis in the revised EA, BOEM issued a "Finding of No Significant Impact" (FONSI), which concluded that reasonably foreseeable environmental effects associated with the commercial wind lease issuance and related activities would not significantly impact the environment.
BOEM Task Force
BOEM announces its intent to prepare an Environmental Assessment for potential commercial wind leasing and site assessment activities on the Atlantic OCS offshore South Carolina.
The Call for Information and Nominations published by BOEM to gauge the offshore wind industry's interest in acquiring commercial wind leases off South Carolina.
Appendix U contains a navigational risk assessment of potential risks to navigation safety as a result of the construction, installation, operation, and placement of the Block Island Wind Farm and Block Island Transmission System.
Appendix T contains an analysis of potential shadow flicker impacts of the Block Island Wind Farm.
Appendix S-2 contains a visual impact assessment for the above-ground components of the Block Island Transmission System (BITS), within a 0.5-mile radius around each of the proposed substation sites and their associated overhead electric lines.
Appendix S-1 contains a visual impact assessment of the Block Island Wind Farm within a 30-mile radius of each of the project's proposed turbines.
Appendix O contains a comprehensive baseline assessment of avian and bat resources within and surrounding the Block Island Wind Farm project area.
Appendix N-1 contains an acoustic assessment of in-air noise impacts related to construction and operation of the Block Island Wind Farm and Block Island Transmission System.
Appendix M-2 contains a summary of calculated levels of electric and magnetic fields (EMF) at representative transects perpendicular to electrical conductors of the Block Island Wind Farm and Block Island Transmission System.