Comments Sought on Beaufort Sea Exploration Plan

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management today announced that it is seeking comments on an Exploration Plan submitted by Eni to drill into federal waters in the Beaufort Sea from a pre-existing gravel island in Alaska state waters.  Eni’s proposed activities would involve the use of four exploration wells, two mainbores, and two sidetracks, with drilling commencing on December 10, 2017 and continuing into 2019.

Comments on issues that should be examined in the Environmental Assessment are due by Thursday, June 22, and comments on the Exploration Plan itself are due by Monday, July 3.  BOEM must approve, disapprove, or require modifications to the Exploration Plan by Wednesday, July 12.

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