CEWA offer an ideal combination of home-grown US expertise with European experience and can provide the advice and capacity you need to meet the permitting needs of your offshore renewable schemes in a professional, efficient, and timely fashion.
Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act requires that activities occurring on federal land, such as the outer continental shelf, or requiring a federal permit, such as offshore lease development for renewable energy, must consider the effect of the activity on potentially significant historic resources in the project area. Compliance with Section 106 is coordinated by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) in federal waters, and by separate historic preservation programs within each state for activities within state waters.
Submerged cultural resources include historic shipwrecks and sunken aircraft, as well as prehistoric archaeological sites and their associated landscapes which have become inundated by rising sea levels since the last ice age. Historical significance is defined using the eligibility criteria for listing to the National Register of Historic Places, and is evaluated for resources 50 years of age and older.
By engaging early with regulators and stakeholders you can reduce development risk and increase cost-effective decision making. CEWA can help you through this process.
We are uniquely well placed to provide clear advice, support and technical expertise to help you meet both state and BOEM standards for cultural resources compliance.
Our experience with offshore industry – oil & gas, as well as renewables – means that we are familiar with the terminology our clients use, and the types of impact different construction types may have. This, along with our familiarity with the regulatory system, means we can provide you with the best advice to avoid cultural resource complications and costly delays to your permitting.