On July 11, The Department of Interiorʼs Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOEMRE) asked for comments on a draft environmental assessment released that day that on the potential effects of issuing renewable energy leases in designated Wind Energy Areas (WEA) off the coasts of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and Virginia. Comments will be accepted until August 11. The draft assessment examined the potential environmental and socioeconomic effects of the installation and operation of towers and buoys, on marine wildlife, shipping vessels, and archaeological resources in the WEAs, and examined the potential effects in the context of a “preferred alternative” as well as five alternative scenarios.