Gulf of Mexico, Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), Oil and Gas Lease Sale 256

Cited as:85 FR 66346
Court:Ocean Energy Management Bureau
Publication Date:19 Oct 2020
Record Number:2020-23079
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Washington County
Elm Springs Cemetery, Historic Section,
Northeast of the east end of School St. on
Lawn View Ln., Elm Springs,
SG100005759
IOWA
Muscatine County
McKee Button Company, 1000 Hershey Ave.,
Muscatine, SG100005784
MASSACHUSETTS
Berkshire County
Tyringham Center School, 2 Church Rd.,
Tyringham, SG100005764
Bristol County
Watson, Newell & Company Factory, 67
Mechanic St., Attleboro, SG100005761
Suffolk County
Cartoof & Sherman Apartments, 31–35 Wales
St., Boston, SG100005763
Thane Street Historic District, 70–78 Harvard
St, 22–24, 26–28, 30–32 Thane St, Boston,
SG100005782
Intervale Street-Blue Hill Avenue Historic
District, Blue Hill Ave. and Intervale St.,
Boston, SG100005783
MICHIGAN
Alpena County
Bingham School, 555 South 5th Ave.,
Alpena, SG100005778
Mason County
Haskell Manufacturing Company Building,
801 North Rowe St., Ludington,
SG100005785
MONTANA
Cascade County
Monarch Depot Historic District, 10 Montana
Ave., Monarch, SG100005745
Liberty County
Pugsley Bridge, Milepost 5.5 on Pugsley
Bridge Rd., Chester vicinity, SG100005746
Yellowstone County
Fratt-Link House, 142 Clark Ave., Billings,
SG100005777
NEBRASKA
Douglas County
Benson Commercial Historic District
(Streetcar-Era Commercial Development in
Omaha, Nebraska MPS), Centered along
Maple St. between North 59th and North
63rd Sts., Omaha, MP100005766
Orchard Hill Commercial Historic District
(Streetcar-Era Commercial Development in
Omaha, Nebraska MPS), 4002–4016
Hamilton St., 1324–1330, 1406–1412 North
40th St., Omaha, MP100005767
Hope Lutheran Church, 2721 North 30th St.,
Omaha, SG100005768
Howard County
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church and
Cemetery (Rural Church Architecture in
Nebraska MPS), 2450 17th Ave., Ashton
vicinity, MP100005769
Lancaster County
Strode Building (Detroit-Lincoln-Denver
Highway in Nebraska MPS), 1600–1608 O
St., Lincoln, MP100005770
NORTH CAROLINA
Forsyth County
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 520 Summit St.,
Winston-Salem, SG100005747
Gaston County
Trenton Cotton Mills, 612 West Main Ave.,
Gastonia, SG100005748
Guilford County
Melrose Hosiery Mill No. 1, 1533–1547 West
English Rd., 105–109 SW Point Ave., High
Point, SG100005749
Halifax County
Branch, William Jr. and Samuel Warren
Branch, House, 16212 NC 125, Enfield,
SG100005750
Pitt County
H. B. Sugg School, 3632 South George St.,
Farmville, SG100005751
VIRGINIA
Campbell County
Flat Creek Rural Historic District, Colonial
Hwy. (VA 24), Dearborn Rd., Leesville Rd.,
Evington vicinity, SG100005773
WISCONSIN
Kenosha County
Barden Store, 622–628 58th St., Kenosha,
SG100005752
Milwaukee County
Eagle Knitting Mills, 507 South 2nd St.,
Milwaukee, SG100005754
Koeffler-Baumgarten Double House, 817–819
North Marshall St., Milwaukee,
SG100005755
Washburn County
Bona, Bishop Stanislaus Vincent, Cabin,
W9420 Bona Dr., Minong, SG100005753
In the interest of preservation, a
SHORTENED comment period has been
requested for the following resource:
MASSACHUSETTS
Plymouth County
MAYFLOWER II (square-rigged sailing ship),
State Pier, Pilgrim Memorial State Park, 79
Water St., Plymouth, SG100005762,
Comment period: 3 days
A request for removal has been made for
the following resource:
MICHIGAN
Calhoun County
Roosevelt Community House, 107 Evergreen
Rd., Springfield, OT01000653
A request to move has been received for
the following resources:
ARKANSAS
Benton County
Bentonville Confederate Monument (Civil
War Commemorative Sculpture MPS),
Public Sq. Park., near jct. of 2nd and Main
Sts., Bentonville, MV96000459
Pope County
Latimore Tourist Home (Arkansas Highway
History and Architecture MPS), 318 South
Houston Ave., Russellville, MV11001049
Additional documentation has been
received for the following resources:
ARKANSAS
Garland County
Brown, W. C., House (Additional
Documentation), 2330 Central Ave., Hot
Springs, AD86002862
Sebastian County
West Garrison Avenue Historic District
(Additional Documentation), 100–525
Garrison Ave., Fort Smith, AD79000464
NEW JERSEY
Essex County
Maplewood Memorial Park (Additional
Documentation), Bounded by Oakland &
Dunnell Rds., Valley & Baker Sts.,
Maplewood, AD15000489
VIRGINIA
Albemarle County
Gallison Hall (Additional Documentation), 24
Farmington Dr., Charlottesville vicinity,
AD90002013
Henrico County
Malvern Hill (Additional Documentation), SE
of jct. of VA 5 and VA 156, Richmond
vicinity, AD69000248
Williamsburg Independent City
Chandler Court and Pollard Park Historic
District (Additional Documentation),
Roughly bounded by Jamestown Rd.,
Griffin Ave., Pollard Park, and College of
William and Mary Maintenance Yard,
Williamsburg, AD96001075
Authority: Section 60.13 of 36 CFR part 60.
Dated: October 6, 2020.
Sherry A. Frear,
Chief, National Register of Historic Places/
National Historic Landmarks Program.
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BILLING CODE 4312–52–P
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
[Docket No. BOEM–2020–0017]
Gulf of Mexico, Outer Continental Shelf
(OCS), Oil and Gas Lease Sale 256
AGENCY
: Bureau of Ocean Energy
Management, Interior.
ACTION
: Notice of availability of a record
of decision.
SUMMARY
: The Bureau of Ocean Energy
Management (BOEM) is announcing the
availability of a Record of Decision for
proposed Gulf of Mexico (GOM)
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regionwide oil and gas Lease Sale 256.
This Record of Decision identifies
BOEM’s selected alternative for
proposed Lease Sale 256, which is
analyzed in the Gulf of Mexico OCS
Lease Sale: Final Supplemental
Environmental Impact Statement 2018
(2018 GOM Supplemental EIS).
ADDRESSES
: The Record of Decision is
available on BOEM’s website at http://
www.boem.gov/nepaprocess/.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT
: For
more information on the Record of
Decision, you may contact Ms. Helen
Rucker, Chief, Environmental
Assessment Section, Office of
Environment, by telephone at 504–736–
2421, or by email at helen.rucker@
boem.gov.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION
: In the
2018 GOM Supplemental EIS, BOEM
evaluated five alternatives for proposed
Lease Sale 256. We have summarized
these alternatives below, noting some
additional blocks that may be excluded
due to their lease status at the time of
this decision:
Alternative A—Regionwide OCS Lease
Sale: This is BOEM’s preferred
alternative. This alternative would
allow for a proposed GOM regionwide
lease sale encompassing all three
planning areas: Western Planning Area
(WPA); Central Planning Area (CPA);
and a small portion of the Eastern
Planning Area (EPA) not under
Congressional moratorium. Under this
alternative, BOEM would offer for lease
all available unleased blocks within the
proposed regionwide lease sale area for
oil and gas operations with the
following exceptions: Whole and
portions of blocks deferred by the Gulf
of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006;
blocks that are adjacent to or beyond the
United States’ Exclusive Economic Zone
in the area known as the northern
portion of the Eastern Gap; whole and
partial blocks within the current
boundary of the Flower Garden Banks
National Marine Sanctuary; depth-
restricted, segregated portions of Block
299, Main Pass Area, South and East
Addition (Louisiana Leasing Map
LA10A); blocks where the lease status is
currently under appeal; and whole or
partial blocks that have received bids in
previous lease sales, where the bidder
has sought reconsideration of BOEM’s
rejection of their bid, unless the
reconsideration request is fully resolved
at least 30 days prior to the publication
of the Final Notice of Sale. We have
listed the unavailable blocks in Section
I of the Final Notice of Sale for proposed
Lease Sale 256 and at www.boem.gov/
Sale-256. The proposed regionwide
lease sale area encompasses about 91.93
million acres (ac), with approximately
78.2 million ac available for lease. As
described in the 2018 GOM
Supplemental EIS, the estimated
amounts of resources projected to be
leased, discovered, developed, and
produced as a result of the proposed
regionwide lease sale are between 0.211
and 1.118 billion barrels of oil (BBO)
and 0.547 and 4.424 trillion cubic feet
(Tcf) of natural gas.
Alternative B—Regionwide OCS Lease
Sale Excluding Available Unleased
Blocks in the WPA Portion of the
Proposed Lease Sale Area: This
alternative would offer for lease all
available unleased blocks within the
CPA and EPA portions of the proposed
lease sale area for oil and gas operations,
with the following exceptions: Whole
and portions of blocks deferred by the
Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of
2006; blocks that are adjacent to or
beyond the United States’ Exclusive
Economic Zone in the area known as the
northern portion of the Eastern Gap;
depth-restricted, segregated portions of
Block 299, Main Pass Area, South and
East Addition (Louisiana Leasing Map
LA10A); blocks where the lease status is
currently under appeal; and whole or
partial blocks that have received bids in
previous lease sales, where the bidder
has sought reconsideration of BOEM’s
rejection of their bid, unless the
reconsideration request is fully resolved
at least 30 days prior to publication of
the Final Notice of Sale. The proposed
CPA/EPA lease sale area encompasses
about 63.35 million ac, with
approximately 51.5 million ac are
available for lease. The estimated
amounts of resources projected to be
leased, discovered, developed, and
produced as a result of the proposed
lease sale under Alternative B are
0.185–0.970 BBO and 0.441–3.672 Tcf
of gas.
Alternative C—Regionwide OCS Lease
Sale Excluding Available Unleased
Blocks in the CPA and EPA Portions of
the Proposed Lease Sale Area: This
alternative would offer for lease all
available unleased blocks within the
WPA portion of the proposed lease sale
area for oil and gas operations, with the
following exceptions: Whole and partial
blocks within the current boundary of
the Flower Garden Banks National
Marine Sanctuary; blocks where the
lease status is currently under appeal;
and whole or partial blocks that have
received bids in previous lease sales,
where the bidder has sought
reconsideration of BOEM’s rejection of
their bid, unless the reconsideration
request is fully resolved at least 30 days
prior to publication of the Final Notice
of Sale. The proposed WPA lease sale
area encompasses about 28.58 million
ac, with approximately 26.7 million ac
available for lease. The estimated
amounts of resources projected to be
leased, discovered, developed, and
produced as a result of the proposed
lease sale under Alternative C are
0.026–0.148 BBO and 0.106–0.752 Tcf
of gas.
Alternative D—Alternative A, B, or C,
with the Option to Exclude Available
Unleased Blocks Subject to the
Topographic Features, Live Bottom
(Pinnacle Trend), and/or Blocks South
of Baldwin County, Alabama,
Stipulations: This alternative could be
combined with any of the Action
alternatives above (i.e., Alternative A, B,
or C) and would allow the flexibility to
offer leases under any alternative with
additional exclusions. Under
Alternative D, the decisionmaker could
exclude from leasing any available
unleased blocks in Alternative A subject
to any one and/or a combination of the
following stipulations: Topographic
Features Stipulation; Live Bottom
Stipulation; and Blocks South of
Baldwin County, Alabama, Stipulation
(not applicable to Alternative C). This
alternative considered blocks subject to
these stipulations because these areas
have been emphasized in scoping, can
be geographically defined, and adequate
information exists regarding their
ecological importance and sensitivity to
OCS oil- and gas-related activities.
A total of 207 blocks within the CPA
and 160 blocks in the WPA are affected
by the Topographic Features
Stipulation. There are currently no
identified topographic features
protected under this stipulation in the
EPA. The Live Bottom Stipulation
covers the pinnacle trend area of the
CPA, affecting a total of 74 blocks.
Under Alternative D, the number of
blocks that would become unavailable
for lease represents only a small
percentage of the total number of blocks
to be offered under Alternative A, B, or
C (less than 4%, even if blocks subject
to all three stipulations were excluded).
Therefore, Alternative D could reduce
offshore infrastructure and activities in
the pinnacle trend area because
Alternative D would simply shift the
location of offshore infrastructure and
activities farther from these sensitive
zones; it would not lead to a reduction
in overall impacts. Moreover, the
incremental negative impacts of the
other alternatives compared with
Alternative D would be largely
mitigated by the application of the lease
stipulations in Alternative A, as
discussed below.
Alternative E—No Action: This
alternative is not holding proposed
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regionwide Lease Sale 256 and is
identified as the environmentally
preferred alternative. Alternative E was
not selected because, if it were, the
needed domestic energy sources and the
subsequent positive economic impacts
from exploration and production,
including employment, would not be
realized. Not holding a single lease sale
would also not significantly change the
overall activity levels in the GOM (i.e.,
on blocks leased in previous lease sales)
and the associated environmental
impacts in the near term; however, it
would avoid the incremental
contribution of the proposed regionwide
lease sale to the cumulative effects of
ongoing activity. Avoidance of this
incremental contribution, however, is
outweighed by the potential negative
economic and socioeconomic impacts of
choosing Alternative E.
Lease Stipulations—Eleven lease
stipulations have been adopted for
Lease Sale 256, including a new
stipulation not previously included in
recent lease sales, related to processing
of certain post-lease permits and
described below. The 2018 GOM
Supplemental EIS describes 10 of these
11 lease stipulations, which are
included in the Final Notice of Sale
Package.
In the Record of Decision for the
2017–2022 Outer Continental Shelf Oil
and Gas Leasing: Proposed Final
Program, the Secretary of the Interior
required the protection of biologically
sensitive underwater features in all Gulf
of Mexico oil and gas lease sales as
programmatic mitigation; therefore, we
are adopting the Topographic Features
Stipulation and Live Bottom Stipulation
and applying them to designated lease
blocks in proposed Lease Sale 256.
The additional nine lease stipulations
considered for proposed regionwide
Lease Sale 256 are the Military Areas
Stipulation; the Evacuation Stipulation;
the Coordination Stipulation; the Blocks
South of Baldwin County, Alabama,
Stipulation; the Protected Species
Stipulation; the United Nations
Convention on the Law of the Sea
Royalty Payment Stipulation; the Below
Seabed Operations Stipulation; the
Stipulation on the Agreement between
the United States of America and the
United Mexican States Concerning
Transboundary Hydrocarbon Reservoirs
in the Gulf of Mexico; and the
Timeframe for Decisions on an
Application for Permit to Drill (APD)
and an Application for Permit to Modify
(APM) Stipulation. The Protected
Species Stipulation has been updated
for this lease sale due to the completion
of the Endangered Species Act
consultation with the National Marine
Fisheries Service and the issuance of a
new Biological Opinion addressing OCS
oil and gas-related activities in the Gulf
of Mexico, including this lease sale. The
Timeframe for Decisions on an
Application for Permit to Drill (APD)
and an Application for Permit to Modify
(APM) Stipulation is administrative in
nature and addresses the processing and
timing of decisions for APDs and APMs
by the Bureau of Safety and
Environmental Enforcement (BSEE). It
does not alter any underlying
requirements for those applications and
therefore would not be expected to
change any environmental effects
reasonably foreseeable as a result of this
lease sale and any related post-lease
activities. As noted, BOEM is adopting
these nine stipulations as lease terms
where applicable and they are
enforceable as part of the lease. Further,
Appendix B of the Gulf of Mexico OCS
Oil and Gas Lease Sales: 2017–2022;
Gulf of Mexico Lease Sales 249, 250,
251, 252, 253, 254, 256, 257, 259, and
261—Final Multisale Environmental
Impact Statement provides a list and
description of standard post-lease
conditions of approval that BOEM or
BSEE may require as a result of their
plan and permit review processes for
the Gulf of Mexico OCS region.
After careful consideration, BOEM
selected the preferred alternative
(Alternative A) in the 2018 GOM
Supplemental EIS, with certain
additional blocks excluded due to their
status, for proposed Lease Sale 256.
BOEM is also adopting 11 lease
stipulations and all practicable means of
mitigation at the lease sale stage. The
preferred alternative meets the purpose
of and need for the proposed action, as
identified in the 2018 GOM
Supplemental EIS, and provides for
orderly resource development with
protection of human, marine, and
coastal environments while also
ensuring that the public receives a fair
market value for these resources and
that free-market competition is
maintained.
Authority: This Notice of Availability of a
Record of Decision is published pursuant to
the regulations (40 CFR part 1505)
implementing the provisions of the National
Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as
amended (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.).
Michael A. Celata,
Regional Director, New Orleans Office,
Department of the Interior Regions 1, 2, 4,
and 6, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.
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BILLING CODE 4310–MR–P
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
[Docket No. BOEM–2020–0050]
Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf
Region-Wide Oil and Gas Lease Sale
256
AGENCY
: Bureau of Ocean Energy
Management, Interior.
ACTION
: Final notice of sale.
SUMMARY
: On Wednesday, November
18, 2020, the Bureau of Ocean Energy
Management (BOEM) will open and
publicly announce bids received for
blocks offered in the Gulf of Mexico
(GOM) Outer Continental Shelf (OCS)
Region-wide Oil and Gas Lease Sale 256
(GOM Region-wide Sale 256), in
accordance with the provisions of the
Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act as
amended, and the implementing
regulations issued pursuant thereto. The
GOM Region-wide Sale 256 Final Notice
of Sale (NOS) package contains
information essential to potential
bidders and consists of the NOS,
information to lessees, and lease
stipulations.
DATES
: BOEM will hold GOM Region-
wide Sale 256 at 9:00 a.m. on
Wednesday, November 18, 2020. All
times referred to in this document are
Central standard time, unless otherwise
specified.
Bid submission deadline: BOEM must
receive all sealed bids prior to the Bid
Submission Deadline of 10:00 a.m. on
Tuesday, November 17, 2020, the day
before the lease sale. Bids may be
submitted between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00
p.m. on normal working days, until the
Bid Submission Deadline. For more
information on bid submission, see
Section VII, ‘‘Bidding Instructions,’’ of
this document.
ADDRESSES
: Bids will be accepted BY
MAIL ONLY, prior to the bid
submission deadline, at 1201 Elmwood
Park Boulevard, New Orleans, Louisiana
70123. Public bid reading for GOM
Region-wide Sale 256 will be held at
1201 Elmwood Park Boulevard, New
Orleans, Louisiana, but the venue will
not be open to the general public,
media, or industry during bid opening
or reading. Bid opening will be available
for public viewing on BOEM’s website
at www.boem.gov/Sale-256/ via live-
streaming video beginning at 9:00 a.m.
on the date of the sale. The results will
be posted on BOEM’s website upon
completion of bid opening and reading.
Interested parties can download the
Final NOS package from BOEM’s
website at http://www.boem.gov/Sale-
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