Ocean SAMP Document Ecology of the Area Cultural and Historical Resources Fisheries Resources Recreation and Tourism Marine Transportation Marine Infrastructure Offshore Development Renewable Energy Ch 8 Future Uses Climate Change Policies of the Ocean SAMP Ch 11
Areas of Particular Concern Areas of Particular Concern (APCs) have been designated in state waters through the Ocean SAMP process with the goal of protecting areas that have high conservation value, cultural and historic value, or human use value from Large‐Scale Offshore Development.
Areas Designated for Preservation Areas Designated for Preservation are designated in the Ocean SAMP area in state waters for the purpose of preserving them for their ecological value. Areas Designated for Preservation were identified by reviewing habitat and other ecological data and findings that have resulted from the Ocean SAMP process. Areas Designated for Preservation are afforded additional protection than Areas of Particular Concern because of scientific evidence indicating that Large‐Scale Offshore Development in these areas may result in significant habitat loss.
Other Things To Look For: Definitions of Large and Small Scale Development Sections Still Governed by RICRMP (Aquaculture and Dredging ) General Polices and Regulatory Standards Federal Consistency –Sub Parts Information Requirements‐ND&I Differential Treatment for Cables Fishermens Advisory Board and Habitat Advisor Board
4 Federal Approvals For Plan NOAA APROVED AS A STATE PLAN ADMENDMENT MAY 11,2011 NOAA APROVED GLD FOR FEDERAL CONSISTENCY SEPTEMBER 2011 FERC ADOPTION FOR RENEWABLE PERMITTING SEPTEMBER 28, 2011 BOEM INCLUSION INTO LEASE PROCESS AND EIS FALL OF 2011
4 Steps in Regulatory Process 1. A Site Assessment Plan (SAP) is defined as a pre‐application plan that describes the activities and studies the applicant plans to perform for the characterization of the project site. 2. A Construction and Operations Plan (COP) is defined as a plan that describes the applicant’s construction, operations, and conceptual decommissioning plans for a proposed facility, including the applicant’s project easement area. 3. A Certified Verification Agent (CVA) is defined as an independent third‐party agent that shall use good engineering judgment and practices in conducting an independent assessment of the design, fabrication and installation of the facility. The CVA should have licensed and qualified Professional Engineers on staff 4. Lease
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