Liberte Environmental Associates

BOEMRE Arctic Ocean Environmental
Assessments and Related Documents
For the Chukchi 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). BOEMRE also refers to the BP oil spill and DWH in the Chukchi Sea Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS, p. 150, 1st sentence).

The Arctic Ocean and BOEMRE environmental assessment discussion is provided below for the Chukchi Sea. Oil industry drilling is planned in the Chukchi Sea Exploration Plans (CSEPs) for Shell in 2012 and ConocoPhillips in 2013.

Chukchi Sea - Lease Sale 193 Related
Supplemental EIS Chukchi Sea Planning Area Oil and Gas Lease Sale 193 in the Chukchi Sea, Alaska* Main Report (BOEMRE released August 2011).

Supplemental EIS Appendices A through D*, which includes: Appendix A - Analysis of Incomplete or Missing Information; Appendix B - Very Large Oil Spill Information, Models, Estimates Supporting Tables and Figures; Appendix C - Fish Resources and EFH Summary Table and Figures; and Appendix D - Estimate for a Very Large Oil Spill From and Exploration Well In the Chukchi Sea OCS Planning Area NW Alaska.

Supplemental EIS Appendix E, Sections 1 through 3*, which includes: Appendix E Section 1. Response to Comments Categories; Section 2. Revised Draft SEIS - Public Hearing Transcripts for Kotzebue, Point Hope, Fairbanks, Barrow, Point Lay, Anchorage, Wainwright; and Section 3. Revised Draft SEIS Comment Letters for the Federal Government, Tribal Governments and Alaska Native Organizations, State Government, Local Government, Environmental Organizations, Corporations and Industry Groups, and the General Public.

Supplemental EIS Appendix E, Section 4*, which includes: Appendix E Section 4. Draft SEIS - Public Hearing Transcripts for Point Hope, Point Lay, Wainwright, Barrow, Anchorage; and Section 5. Draft SEIS Comment Letters from the Federal Government, Tribal Governments and Alaska Native Organizations, State Government, Local Government, Environmental Organizations, Corporations and Industry Groups, and the General Public.

Final EIS Volume I for the Chukchi Sea Planning Area Oil and Gas Lease Sale 193 and Seismic-Surveying Activities in the Chukchi Sea* Main Report including Volume I -Executive Summary, Sections I through VI (MMS released May 2007).

Final EIS Volume II *, which is comprised of Section VII - Comments and Responses.

Final EIS Volume III *, which is comprised of Tables, Figures, Maps, Appendices, and Bibliography.

BOEM's Alaska Region webpage for the Oil and Gas Lease Sales 193 in the Arctic Ocean's Chukchi Sea contains additional lease information. BOEM's webpage for Alaska Region Development/Exploration/Production Activities contains additional information regarding Chukchi 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.

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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