Skip to comments.Trump admin approves Arctic offshore oil drilling project off Alaska’s coast
Posted on 10/24/2018 1:11:21 PM PDT by yesthatjallen
The Trump administration approved a companys plan Wednesday to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean north of Alaska, the first time oil would be produced from federal waters in the Arctic.
The approval from the Interior Departments Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is conditional, and Hilcorp Energy Co. would still have to get other federal permits and abide by standards like restricting drilling seasons.
Working with Alaska Native stakeholders, the Department of Interior is following through on President Trumps promise of American energy dominance, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said in a statement.
American energy dominance is good for the economy, the environment, and our national security. Responsibly developing our resources, in Alaska especially, will allow us to use our energy diplomatically to aid our allies and check our adversaries. That makes America stronger and more influential around the globe.
The Alaska Liberty project would not use a traditional mobile drilling rig like the ones common in the Gulf of Mexico and other offshore drilling areas.
It would instead involve building a new nine-acre gravel artificial island about five miles off the coast to host the drilling. Four other oil and gas producing islands are nearby in waters that the state controls.
David Wilkins, senior vice president of Hilcorps Alaska operations, said the company is pleased with the administrations approval.
The Record of Decision is the result of years of study and due diligence by multiple federal, state and local agencies and the project team. If granted final approvals, the Liberty Project will provide decades of responsible resource development and strengthen the energy future of Alaska and the United States, he said in a statement.
The Center for Biological Diversity said the project is dangerous to the environment and the climate.
Opening the Arctic to offshore oil drilling is a disaster waiting to happen, Kristen Monsell, ocean legal director for the group, said in a statement. This project sets us down a dangerous path of destroying the Arctic. An oil spill in the Arctic would be impossible to clean up and the region is already stressed by climate change.
The Liberty prospect has as much as 150 million barrels of oil, Hilcorp said. The company estimates that at its peak, the project could produce up to 70,000 barrels per day.
The United States consumed an average of 19.96 million barrels of oil a day in 2017, according to the Energy Information Administration.
The oil from Liberty would be transported through the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System, which industry advocates and Alaska officials fear moves too little oil to remain operational.
With the approval issued, environmental groups can sue Interior in federal court to stop the drilling. The Center for Biological Diversity didnt commit to suing, but said it will keep fighting this project and any new ones that follow.
I think he should approve one for less than 1 mile from Marthas Vinyard!
Drill baby drill!!
“Looks like the President done changed his opinion on offshore drillin’”
While dems are talking about bombs..he signs this off....hmmm which outrage to focus on?
Yes, but can you see Russia from there?
This is just the first toe in the water, so to speak.
Once the first few projects get going, development can ramp up quicker.
Once developed, these fields could produce for decades.
The Native Americans up there will see a much higher standard of living.
EARTH FIRST (We’ll mine the other planets later)
Thank You for the ping Army Air Corps.
Drill Baby, Drill!
And approve the off shore wind machines at the same time so they can power the drill rigs!
I APPROVE OF THIS PROJECT!
Drill Baby Drill!
Area is definitely not virginal...
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