The U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee today held a hearing on the development of the Interior Department’s 2017-2022 OCS oil and gas leasing program. Themes included the importance of a robust leasing program that includes Alaska. Committee Chair Lisa Murkowski (AK) voiced concern with the “chaotic federal regulatory regime” and limited program proposed […]
In a letter sent to U.S. Interior Sec. Sally Jewell today, U.S. Sen.’s Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan and U.S. Rep. Don Young of Alaska conveyed support for a robust 2017-2022 offshore oil and gas leasing program that maintains the three proposed Alaska lease sales in the Chukchi, Beaufort, and Cook Inlet, accelerates their timing, […]
White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Director John Holdren today announced that the Obama Administration will host the inaugural Arctic Science Ministerial on Wednesday, September 28. The Ministerial was announced in a March 2016 U.S. – Canada Joint Statement on Climate, Energy, and Arctic Leadership.
In a joint statement issued today, the U.S., Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden among other things stressed a commitment to managing the Arctic region in an ecosystem-based approach, which the statement says “balances conservation and sustainable use of the environment,” as well as working toward the “highest global standards, best international practice, and a […]
The Interior Department’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement today announced the completion of a study conducted with the University of Alaska Anchorage which found that current offshore structural designs can successfully survive sea ice demands under extreme Arctic conditions.
In the April 2016 edition of Science Notes released today, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced new findings from last year’s field activities related to the Arctic Marine Biodiversity Observing Network study.
As this Bureau of Ocean Energy Management chart illustrates, multiple rounds of public and environmental reviews occur before production can take place at the offshore oil and gas leasing program, individual lease sale, exploration, and development and production phases. With the federal government already having removed over 42 million acres of Alaskan offshore waters in […]
The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management today announced a Proposed 2017-2022 OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program that includes three proposed lease sales in Alaska’s Beaufort Sea (2020), Cook Inlet (2021), and Chukchi Sea (2022). In doing so, the Interior Dept. also seeks comments on whether to maintain the proposed lease sales in the […]
In a joint statement released today, among other things the U.S. and Canada committed to setting a “world-class standard by basing Arctic development decisions and operations on scientific evidence,” adding that commercial activities including oil and gas exploration and development “will only occur when the highest safety and environmental standards are met.”
The Interior Department today announced that it is cancelling Arctic offshore oil and gas lease sales that had been proposed for the Chukchi (2016) and Beaufort (2017) Seas. In addition, it also announced the denial of two requests for Arctic lease extensions.