Comments Accepted On Citing For Renewable Energy Devices

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Starting June 20, the Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL) will hold three public hearings to seek comments on administrative rules governing the placement of ocean renewable energy devices in Oregon’s territorial sea. DSL oversees the territorial sea, which is the seafloor three miles westward of the low-tide mark.

The ocean renewable energy rulemaking addresses recent administrative and legislative actions, including adoption of Part 5 of the Territorial Sea Plan by the Land Conservation and Development Commission; and passage of three bills by the Oregon Legislature: HB 2694 (seafloor data sharing requirements) and SB 606 (financial assurance for renewable energy projects) in 2013; and HB 319 (new provisions for ocean renewable energy facility siting) in 2015.

As required by SB 319, DSL established a rulemaking advisory committee which met eight times between June 2016 and April 2017 to develop draft rules. They cover the following Oregon Administrative Rules: 141-085 (removal-fill), 141-093 (removal-fill general permits) and 141-140 (placement of ocean energy conversion devices in the territorial sea).

Hearing schedule:

Coos Bay/North Bend
Tuesday, June 20
5:00 — 7:00 p.m.
North Bend Public Library, 1800 Sherman Ave.

Newport
Wednesday, June 21
5:00 — 7:00 p.m.
Oregon Sea Grant, Thompson Room, 1211 SE Bay Blvd.

Astoria
Wednesday, June 28
5:00 — 7:00 p.m.
Astoria Public Library, Flag Room, 450 10th Ave.

Members of the public who are unable to attend one of the hearings may send comments via mail or email during the public comment periods, June 1 — July 14, 2017.

Email: rules@dsl.state.or.us; U.S. mail: Sabrina Foward, Rules Coordinator, Department of State Lands, 775 Summer Street NE, Suite 100, Salem, Oregon 97301-1279.

Additional information is on the DSL website: http://www.oregon.gov/dsl/Laws/Pages/Rulemaking.aspx

The Department of State Lands protects Oregon’s wetlands and waterways for their ecological functions and for the benefits they provide to the state’s economy and the well-being of Oregonians. The agency does this through administering the Removal-Fill Law, passed by the Oregon Legislature in 1967. The Department also protects public ownership rights of Oregon’s navigable and tidally influenced waterways by managing the use of state-owned land under rivers, lakes and the territorial sea.

Information provided by State of Oregon