BOEM published a “Public Notice of an Unsolicited Request for an OCS Research Lease, Request for Competitive Interest, and Request for Public Comment” in the Federal Register for a 30-day comment period to obtain public input on a research proposal received from the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy (DMME), its potential environmental consequences, and the use of the area in which the proposed project would be located.

admin • March 5, 2021