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Other Energy (Renewable/LNG): Incidental Take Authorizations

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Active/Issued

Withdrawn

Expired

IN PROCESS

ExxonMobil Alaska LNG LLC Geophysical and Geotechnical Program in Cook Inlet, AK (2016)

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
IN PROCESS closed - -

Summary: NMFS has received a request from ExxonMobil Alaska LNG LLC for an IHA to take 4 species of marine mammals, by Level B Harassment only, incidental to a geophysical and geotechnical survey in Cook Inlet, Alaska. We invite the public to comment on our proposal to authorize take of small numbers of marine mammals incidental to the proposed activities.

Incidental Take Authorization Documents:

Environmental Documents:


ACTIVE

Deepwater Wind Marine Site Characterization Surveys, Offshore NY (2017)

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
ACTIVE closed 6/16/2017 6/16/2017-6/15/2018

Summary: NMFS has issued an IHA to Deepwater Wind, LLC, to take marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to high-resolution geophysical and geotechnical surveys associated with marine site characterization activities off the coast of New York in the area of the OCS-A 0486 and along potential submarine cable routes to a landfall location in Easthampton, New York.

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Environmental Documents:

Ocean Wind Marine Site Characterization Surveys, Offshore NJ (2017)

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
ACTIVE closed 6/8/2017 6/8/2017-6/7/2018

Summary: NMFS has issued an IHA to Ocean Wind, LLC, for authorization under the MMPA to take marine mammals incidental to geophysical and geotechnical activities associated with marine site characterization surveys off the coast of New Jersey.

Incidental Take Authorization Documents:

Environmental Documents:

Northeast Gateway LNG Port and Algonquin Pipeline Operation, Maintenance and Repair in Massachusetts Bay (2016-2017)

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
ACTIVE closed 12/22/2016 12/23/2016-12/22/2017

Summary: NMFS has issued an IHA to Northeast Gateway Energy Bridge, L.P. and Algonquin Gas Transmission, L.L.C. ,  to take small numbers of 14 species of marine mammals, by Level B harassment, incidental to operating, maintaining, and repairing a LNG port and the Algonquin Pipeline Lateral facilities by Northeast Gateway and Algonquin, in Massachusetts Bay.  

Incidental Take Authorization Documents:

Neptune LNG Decommissioning of Neptune Deepwater Port, MA (2016-2017)

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
ACTIVE closed 10/07/2016 10/07/2016-10/06/2017

Summary: NMFS has issued an IHA to Neptune LNG, LLC, for the take of marine mammals incidental to maintenance and decommissioning of the Neptune Deepwater Port off Boston, MA.

Incidental Take Authorization:

Supplemental Documents

2013-2018 Port Dolphin LNG Construction and Operation near Tampa Bay, FL (2013-2018)

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
ACTIVE
closed
04/08/2013
06/01/2013-
05/31/2018

SUMMARY: NMFS issued regulations to govern the unintentional taking of marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to port construction and operations at its Port Dolphin Deepwater Port in the Gulf of Mexico (near Tampa Bay, FL), over the course of five years from approximately June 2013-May 2018. These regulations, which allow for the issuance of Letters of Authorization for the incidental take of marine mammals during the described activities and specified time frames, prescribe the permissible methods of taking and other means of effecting the least practicable adverse impact on marine mammals and their habitat, as well as requirements pertaining to the monitoring and reporting of such taking.

Incidental Take Authorization:

Environmental Analyses:

Supplemental Documents:



WITHDRAWN

 

2012 Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) Marine Geophysical Survey off the Central Coast of California (Diablo Canyon Power Plant)

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
WITHDRAWN
-
-
-


Notice is hereby given that Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University (L-DEO), in cooperation with the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has withdrawn its application for an Incidental Harassment Authorization (IHA). The following action relates to a proposed IHA to L-DEO and PG&E for the take of small numbers of marine mammals, by Level B harassment only, incidental to conducting a marine geophysical (seismic) survey off the central coast of California, November to December, 2012.

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EXPIRED

Bay State Wind Geophysical and Geotechnical Surveys Offshore Massachusetts (2016-2017)

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
EXPIRED closed 8/03/2016 8/13/2016-8/12/2017

Summary: NMFS has issued an IHA to DONG Energy Massachusetts LLC to marine mammals, by Level B Harassment, incidental to high resolution geophysical and geotechnical surveys in the Wind Energy Area area offshore Massachusetts (OCS lease block OCS-A 0500). 

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Environmental Documents:

Deepwater Wind Block Island Wind Farm Cable Installation Off Block Island, RI (2016-2017)

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
EXPIRED closed 5/31/2016 5/31/2016-5/30/2017

Summary: NMFS has issued an IHA to Deepwater Wind to take marine mammals, by Level B Harassment only, incidental to the installation of Export and Inter-Array Cables at the Block Island Wind Farm. 

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Neptune Liquefied Natural Gas Facility Operation and Maintenance off Massachusetts (2011-2016)

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
EXPIRED
closed
07/11/2011
07/11/2011-
07/10/2016

SUMMARY: NMFS issued regulations to govern the unintentional taking of marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to port commissioning and operations, including maintenance and repair activities, at the Neptune Deepwater Port in Massachusetts Bay from 2011-2016. These regulations, which allow for the issuance of Letters of Authorization (LOAs), prescribe the permissible methods of taking and other means of effecting the least practicable adverse impact on marine mammal species or stocks and their habitat, as well as requirements pertaining to the monitoring and reporting of such taking.

Incidental Take Authorization:

ExxonMobil Alaska LNG LLC Geophysical and Geotechnical Program in Cook Inlet, AK (2015)

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
EXPIRED closed 8/14/2015 8/14/2015-8/13/2016

Summary: NMFS has issued an IHA to ExxonMobil Alaska LNG LLC (AK LNG) to take 4 species of marine mammals, by Level B Harassment only, incidental to a geophysical and geotechnical survey in Cook Inlet, Alaska. 

Incidental Take Authorization Documents:

Supplemental Documents:

Northeast Gateway LNG Port Operations and Maintenance and Repair in Massachusetts Bay (2015-16)

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
EXPIRED closed 01/07/2016 12/23/2015-12/22/2016

Summary: NMFS issued an IHA to Northeast Gateway® Energy Bridge, L.P. (NEG) and Algonquin Gas Transmission, L.L.C., authorizing  the take of small numbers of 14 species of marine mammals, by Level B harassment, incidental to operating, maintaining, and repairing a liquefied natural gas (LNG) port and the Algonquin Pipeline Lateral facilities by NEG and Algonquin, in Massachusetts Bay. 

Incidental Take Authorization Documents:

Northeast Gateway LNG Port Operations and Maintenance/ Repair in Massachusetts Bay, MA

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
EXPIRED closed 12/19/2014 12/22/2014 -
12/21/2015

SUMMARY: We issued an IHA to the Northeast Gateway® Energy BridgeTM, L.P. (Northeast Gateway or NEG) and Algonquin Gas Transmission, L.L.C. (Algonquin) to take, by harassment, small numbers of 14 species of marine mammals incidental to operating, maintaining, and repairing a liquefied natural gas (LNG) port and the Algonquin Pipeline Lateral (Pipeline Lateral) facilities by NEG and Algonquin, in Massachusetts Bay, between December 22, 2014, through December 21, 2015.

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Deepwater Wind Block Island Wind Farm Construction off Rhode Island

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
EXPIRED closed 09/03/2014 10/31/2014-
10/30/2015

SUMMARY: We issued an IHA to Deepwater Wind Block Island, LLC to take marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to development of the Block Island Wind Farm.

Incidental Take Authorization Documents:

Environmental Analyses

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Deepwater Wind Block Island Transmission System (BITS) Construction off Rhode Island

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
EXPIRED closed 08/22/2014 11/01/2014-
10/31/2015

SUMMARY: We issued an IHA to Deepwater Wind Block Island Transmission, LLC to take marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to construction of the Block Island Transmission System.

Incidental Take Authorization Documents:

Environmental Analyses

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Cape Wind Associates' High Resolution Geophysical Survey in Nantucket Sound, MA

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
EXPIRED
closed
04/25/2014
04/25/2014-
04/24/2015

SUMMARY: We issued an IHA to Cape Wind Associates to take marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to pre-construction high resolution survey activities in Nantucket Sound.

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Rockaway Delivery Lateral Project off New York, NY

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
EXPIRED closed 05/29/2014 06/01/2014-
10/31/2014

SUMMARY: We have issued an IHA to the Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company, LLC (Transco) to take marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to expanding a natural gas pipeline system off the coast of New York from April 2014-August 2014.

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Environmental Analyses


 

Actions expired before summer 2014:

Applicant Application EA/EIS Documents
2013 Cape Wind Associates' High Resolution Geophysical Survey in Nantucket Sound, MA

Issued IHA (2013)
[pdf]

IHA Renewal Application
[pdf]

 

Federal Register Notice of Issuance (2013)

Federal Register Notice

Monitoring Plan (2012)
[pdf]

2012 Ocean Renewable Power Company (ORPC) Maine's Pile Placement in Cobscook Bay IHA Application
[pdf] [1.5 MB]
EA
[pdf]

FONSI
[pdf]

Federal Register Notice of Issuance
[pdf]

Federal Register Notice of Receipt
[pdf]

2011 Cape Wind Associates' High Resolution Geophysical Survey in Nantucket Sound, MA IHA Application
[pdf] [1.8 MB]
EA
[pdf]

FONSI
[pdf]
Comments Received
[pdf] [1.3 MB]

Federal Register Notice
[pdf]
2011 Northeast Gateway Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Port Facility in Massachusetts Bay IHA Application
[pdf]
  Federal Register Notice
[pdf]
2010 Northeast Gateway for the operations of an LNG port facility in Massachusetts Bay

Issued IHA
[pdf]

IHA Application
[pdf] [3.8 MB]

 

Comments from the Marine Mammal Commission
[pdf] [2.1 MB]

Federal Register
Notice of Issuance
[pdf]

Federal Register notice of receipt
[pdf]

2008 Power Plant Operations in Central and Southern California RBGS
[pdf]

HBGS
[pdf]

Moss Landing, Morro Bay, and South Bay
[pdf] [3.4 MB]

SGS
[pdf]

LBGS
[pdf]

ESGS
[pdf]

EPS
[pdf]

Mandalay
[pdf]

OBGS
[pdf] [1.2 MB]

Diablo
[pdf]

SONGS
[pdf] [1.8 MB]
  Federal Register notice
[pdf]
2008 Neptune Deepwater Port Project in Massachusetts Bay IHA
[pdf] [1.6 MB]
 
  Comments from Marine Mammal Commission (MMC)
[pdf]

Federal Register notice
[pdf]

Biological Opinion
[pdf] [1.5 MB]

Assessment of Underwater Noise
[pdf] [9.7 MB]

Supplementary Acoustic Modeling Report
[pdf] [22.4 MB]

Supplementary Biological Effects Report
[pdf]

Updated: Oct 16, 2017