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Virginia Offshore Wind Advances

The Biden Administration is advancing the mid-Atlantic’s first commercial offshore wind development off Virginia’s coast, with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) publishing a notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement on plans submitted by Dominion Energy Inc. A recent Oceana analysis found that ending new leasing for offshore oil and gas could prevent over 19 billion tons of

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First Major US Offshore Wind Project Approved

The U.S. Departments of the Interior and Commerce announced the approval of the construction and operation of the first large-scale, offshore wind project in the United States, located offshore Massachusetts. The 800-MW Vineyard Wind energy project will be located approximately 12 nautical mi. (nm) offshore Martha’s Vineyard and 12 nm offshore Nantucket in the northern portion of Vineyard Wind’s lease

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BOEM’s New Director

Amanda Lefton will be the new director of the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM). Lefton most recently served as first assistant secretary for energy and the environment for New York, where she managed the state’s climate and energy portfolio. BOEM’s mission is to manage development of U.S. Outer Continental Shelf energy and mineral resources in an environmentally and

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New Center for Marine Acoustics

The ocean is vast and full of sounds. Many are naturally occurring, while others are anthropogenic. When these anthropogenic sounds are unwanted, they are called noise.  The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) manages energy and mineral resource development on the Outer Continental Shelf subject to environmental safeguards, and noise is high on the list of issues to protect ocean life. BOEM has launched the Center for Marine Acoustics to further understanding of noise

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New Issue of BOEM Ocean Science

The latest edition of BOEM’s Ocean Science magazine focuses on acoustics research. It includes articles on technologies for passive acoustic monitoring; research to reduce impacts from seismic surveys and pile driving; marine life behavioral responses to noise; BOEM studies conducted through partnerships; and international collaboration.   Understanding and reducing the impacts of noise on marine life is important to BOEM in

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