AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.
ACTION: Notice of availability of a Supplemental Draft Environmental
Impact Statement; request for comments.
SUMMARY: NMFS announces the availability of the "Supplemental Draft
Environmental Impact Statement (Supplemental DEIS) for the Effects of
Oil and Gas Activities in the Arctic Ocean.'' Publication of this
notice begins the official public comment period for this Supplemental
DEIS. The purpose of the Supplemental DEIS is to evaluate, in
compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the
potential direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts of implementing the
alternative approaches for authorizing the take of marine mammals
incidental to oil and gas exploration activities in the Arctic Ocean
pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). The U.S.
Department of the Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM)
is a cooperating agency on this DEIS, and as such, this DEIS also
evaluates the potential direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts of
implementing the alternative approaches for authorizing geological and
geophysical (G&G) surveys and ancillary activities under the Outer
Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) in the Arctic Ocean. The North
Slope Borough (NSB) is also a cooperating agency on this DEIS. The
Environmental Protection Agency is serving as a consulting agency, and
NMFS is coordinating with the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission pursuant
to our co-management agreement under the MMPA.
DATES: Written, telefaxed, or electronic comments must be received on
or before May 28, 2013.
ADDRESSES: The Supplemental DEIS is available for review online at
http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/permits/eis/arctic.htm. You may submit
comments on this document, identified by NOAA-NMFS-2013-0054, by any of
the following methods:
Electronic Submission: Submit all electronic public
comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal www.regulations.gov. To
submit comments via the e-Rulemaking Portal, enter NOAA-NMFS-2013-0054
in the keyword search. Locate the document you wish to comment on from
the resulting list and click on the "Comment Now'' icon on the right
of that line.
Mail: Office of Protected Resources, 1315 East-West
Highway, Room 13115, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Fax: (301) 713-0376, Attn: Candace Nachman
Public Hearings: Oral and written comments will be
accepted during the upcoming public meetings. See SUPPLEMENTARY
INFORMATION, Public Meetings (below) for more information.
Instructions: Comments must be submitted by one of the above
methods to ensure that the comments are received, documented, and
considered by NMFS. Comments sent by any other method, to any other
address or individual, or received after the end of the comment period,
may not be considered. All comments received are a part of the public
record and will generally be posted for public viewing on
www.regulations.gov without change. All personal identifying
information (e.g., name, address, etc.) submitted voluntarily by the
sender will be publicly accessible. Do not submit confidential business
information, or otherwise sensitive or protected information. NMFS will
accept anonymous comments (enter "N/A'' in the required fields if you
wish to remain anonymous). Attachments to electronic comments will be
accepted in Microsoft Word or Excel or Adobe PDF file formats only.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Candace Nachman, Jolie Harrison, or
Michael Payne, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, at (301) 427-8401.