WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has received a development and production plan (DPP) from Hilcorp Alaska relating to the Liberty prospect.
This declaration was deemed “submitted” and that initiates a 60-day period for the public to review and comment on the DPP.
Hilcorp proposes building a gravel island in approximately 19 ft (5.8 m) of water to support a work surface of about 9.3 acres (3.75 hectare) for the drilling facility at the Liberty prospect, a site that has been evaluated and explored for more than 30 years.
The proposed facility would be similar to the company’s Northstar Production Facility, which has been in operation since October 2001. The proposed facility would be in federal waters about 5 mi (8 km) off Alaska’s Beaufort Sea coast.
As part of its regulatory program, BOEM will issue a notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) on Sept. 25, 2015. This EIS will analyze the DPP’s potential environmental effects, and will provide opportunity for public comment.
BOEM expects the environmental analysis to take several years and to be coordinated with federal and state agencies and federally recognized tribes. BOEM will not make a decision to approve, disapprove, or require modifications to the DPP until after the completion of the EIS.
“BOEM will conduct a rigorous evaluation of this DPP, recognizing the significant environmental, social and ecological resources in the region and honoring our responsibility to protect this critical ecosystem, our Arctic communities, and the subsistence needs and cultural traditions of Alaska natives,” said BOEM Director Abigail Ross Hopper.
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