The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has found proposed new offshore wind acreage off New York will have no significant environmental impact.
The federal seabed agency said the sites in the NY Bight off New York and New Jersey totalling 800,000 acres were examined for various impacts.
“Based on the analysis in the EA, BOEM has issued a finding of no significant impact (FONSI),” said the agency.
“The completion of this Environmental Assessment is an important step forward in advancing the Biden-Harris administration’s goal of increasing renewable energy development on federal lands and waters,” added BOEM Director Amanda Lefton (pictured).
“BOEM is focused on ensuring that any development in the New York Bight is done responsibly and in a way that avoids or minimises impacts to the ocean and other ocean users in the region.”
The study considered potential environmental consequences of site characterisation activities (i.e., biological, archeological, geological, and geophysical surveys and core samples) and site assessment activities (i.e., installation of meteorological buoys).