The US Bureau of Ocean Power Administration (BOEM) has launched its draft environmental evaluation (EA) of the Morro Bay wind vitality space (WEA) for public remark. The evaluation seems at potential impacts from future industrial leasing and associated web site characterisation and evaluation actions throughout the Morro Bay WEA, 240,898 acres (376 sq. miles) positioned about 20 miles off the central California shoreline.
Website characterisation actions embody geophysical, geotechnical, archaeological and organic surveys wanted to develop particular venture proposals on potential leases. Website evaluation actions might embody set up and operation of meteorological buoys within the Morro Bay WEA.
Earlier than approving the development of any offshore wind vitality facility on a possible future lease within the Morro Bay WEA, BOEM will develop an environmental affect assertion to analyse the particular environmental penalties of developing and working such a facility.
BOEM can also be requesting public feedback associated to potential impacts to historic properties, as a part of BOEM’s Nationwide Historic Preservation Act settlement with the State of California masking wind vitality growth offshore that state.
The announcement, made on April 6, initiated a 30-day public overview and remark interval on the draft EA, which can finish on Could 6.