A 60-day comment period has opened for the preparation of a Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for the phase III early restoration plan and early restoration project types. The PEIS will be prepared by federal and state natural resource trustees under the National Environmental Policy Act. The trustees consist of seven federal agencies and agencies from five gulf states and are conducting the natural resource damage assessment for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The spill discharged millions of barrels of oil and an undetermined amount of natural gas over 87 days, which was then dispersed with over one million gallons of dispersants.
Six public scoping meetings will take place as listed below, with exact locations to be released at a later date by the trustees. In addition to developing the phase III PEIS, the trustees seek to evaluate and tier the early restoration projects. The trustees previously selected 10 early restoration projects which BP will fund with $71 million through phase I and phase II early restoration plans and environmental reviews.
Scoping comments on the PEIS may be submitted via the web, email (with attachments), or standard mail to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, P.O, Box 2099, Fairhope, Alabama 36533. Comments must be received by August 2, 2013.
June 24, 2013 Galveston, Texas
June 27, 2013 Mobile, Alabama
July 16, 2013 Long Beach, Mississippi
July 18, 2013 Houma, Louisiana
July 23, 2013 Washington, D.C.
July 25, 2013 Pensacola, Florida
Source: Federal Register (June 4, 2013)