The MMS published a formal notice regarding the leases of five OCS blocks off the coasts of New Jersey and Delaware that were announced last week. The five OCS blocks -- awarded to four companies -- are being leased for the purpose of gathering data about offshore wind potential in those areas.

MMS also released environmental assessments, which found the leases would have no significant effects on the human environment. Therefore, MMS prepared a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) and concluded that no formal Environmental Impact Statement will be required for issuance of these leases.