Liberte Environmental Associates

BOEMRE Arctic Ocean Environmental
Assessments and Related Documents
For the Beaufort Sea


Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE). As of October 2011, BOEMRE splits into the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE).

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) Related Documents
The focus of this discussion is on BOEMRE's National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) implementation as it affects wastewater permit conditions for the Arctic Ocean, particularly, in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas off Alaska's north coastline. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) was known as the Minerals Management Service (MMS) prior to the BP oil spill (BPOS began in April 2010) in the Gulf of Mexico. BOEMRE identifies the BP oil spill as the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) Event in Section 5.0 of the Environmental Assessment for the Beaufort Sea for the Shell Offshore, Inc. waste discharges (see p. 109).

The Arctic Ocean and BOEMRE environmental assessment discussion is provided below for the Beaufort Sea.

Beaufort Sea
Environmental Assessment for 2012 Revised Outer Continental Shelf Lease Exploration Plan Camden Bay, Beaufort Sea, Alaska for Shell Offshore Inc.* (BOEMRE released August 2011). This is in the Beaufort Sea Planning Area Flaxman Island Blocks 6559, 6610 & 6658 Beaufort Sea Lease Sales 195 & 202.

Finding of no Significant Impact (FONSI) Shell Offshore, Inc. Revised Outer Continental Shelf Lease Exploration Plan Camden Bay, Alaska, 2012* (BOEMRE August 2011).

Revised Shell Exploration Plan for the Outer Continental Shelf Camden Bay, Beaufort Sea, Alaska (Revised CBEP)* (May 2011)

Original Shell Exploration Plan for the Outer Continental Shelf Camden Bay, Beaufort Sea, Alaska (CBEP)* (June 2009)

Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Alaska Outer Continental Shelf Beaufort Sea Planning Area Oil and Gas Lease Sales 186, 195, and 202* (February 2003)

Shell Beaufort Sea Regional Exploration Oil Discharge Prevention and Contingency Plan (ODPCP)* (Signed May 2010)

BOEM's Alaska Region webpage for the Oil and Gas Lease Sales 195 and 202 in the Arctic Ocean's Beaufort Sea contains additional information on lease environmental impact statements (EIS). BOEM's webpage for Alaska Region Development/Exploration/Production Activities contains additional information regarding Beaufort Sea exploration plans (EP), oil discharge prevention and contingency plans (ODPCP) and other activities.

See LEA's Webpage on EPA's progress in renewing the NPDES general permits for oil development in the Arctic Ocean and related documents for wastewater discharges into the Arctic Ocean.

See LEA's Webpage on NOAA Fisheries progress on the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the Effects of Oil and Gas Activities in the Arctic Ocean . Other documents are also referenced on this webpage relating to Arctic Ocean organisms and ecosystems.

See LEA's Webpage on Shell Offshore Inc.'s Notice of Intent (NOI) to Discharge to the Beaufort Sea in the Arctic Ocean at the Sivulliq N drill site. Conditions of the NOI are intended to be pursuant to EPA Arctic Permit AKG280000, which is the general permit for waste discharges into the Arctic Ocean related to oil and gas exploration.

Sea ice recession because of climate change is also a factor in oil and gas development in the Arctic Ocean. For additional information see Arctic sea ice reduction and sea ice recession.

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