Incidental Take Authorizations for Oil and Gas

This page lists Incidental Take Authorizations for oil and gas activities. Applications are typically posted online once public review is initiated. An Interactive Map can be viewed that shows recent and in process authorizations.

Authorizations In Process

The following Authorizations are in process:

Hilcorp Alaska construction and operation of the Liberty Drilling and Production Island in Foggy Island Bay, Beaufort Sea, Alaska

Status Public Comment Issued Date Effective Dates
In Process Closed -- --

Summary: NOAA Fisheries has received a request from Hilcorp Alaska, LLC (Hilcorp) for authorization to take small numbers of marine mammals incidental to the construction and operation of the Liberty Drilling and Production Island (LDPI) in Foggy Island Bay, Beaufort Sea, Alaska, over the course of five years from the date of issuance. Pursuant to regulations implementing the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), NOAA Fisheries is announcing receipt of Hilcorp’s request for the development and implementation of regulations governing the incidental taking of marine mammals. 

Oil and Gas Industry Geophysical Survey Activity in the Gulf of Mexico

Status Public Comment Issued Date Effective Dates
In Process 8/21/2018 -- --

Summary: NOAA Fisheries has received a petition for an incidental take regulation (ITR) from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM). The requested ITR would govern the authorization of take of small numbers of marine mammals over the course of five years incidental to geophysical survey activities conducted by industry operators in Federal waters of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico (GOM). A final ITR would allow for the issuance of Letters of Authorization (LOA) to the aforementioned industry operators over a five-year period. As required by the Marine Mammal Protection Act, NOAA Fisheries requests comments on its proposed rule, including the following; the proposed regulations, several alternatives to the proposed regulations described in the “Proposed Mitigation” and “Alternatives for Consideration” sections of the preamble, two baselines against which to evaluate the incremental economic impacts of the proposed regulations (addressed in the “Economic Baseline” section), and, two sections with broader implications: a clarification of NMFS’s interpretation and application of the “small numbers” standard (see the “Small Numbers” section of the preamble); and an alternative method for assessing Level B harassment from exposure to anthropogenic noise (see the “Estimated Take” section of the preamble).

Oil and Gas Industry Geophysical Survey Activity in the Atlantic Ocean

Status Public Comment Issued Date Effective Dates
In Process Closed -- --

Summary: NMFS has received multiple requests for authorization under the MMPA to take marine mammals incidental to conducting geophysical survey activities in the Atlantic Ocean. Pursuant to the MMPA, NMFS is requesting comments on its proposal to issue IHAs to incidentally take marine mammals during the specified activities.

Active Authorizations

The following Authorizations are active:

Harvest Alaska, LLC Cook Inlet Pipeline Cross Inlet Extension Project, Cook Inlet, AK

Status Public Comment Issued Date Effective Dates
Active Closed 4/25/2018 4/25/2018- 4/24/2019

Summary: NOAA Fisheries has issued an incidental harassment authorization (IHA) to Harvest Alaska, LLC (Harvest), to incidentally take, by Level B harassment, eight species of marine mammals incidental to oil and gas pipeline installation activities associated with the Cook Inlet Pipeline Cross Inlet Extension Project (CIPL), Cook Inlet, Alaska. 

Apache Alaska Corp. Seismic Surveys in Cook Inlet, AK (2016-2021)

Status Public Comment Issued Date Effective Dates
Active Closed 07/20/2016 8/19/2016 - 7/20/2021

Summary: Upon application from Apache Alaska Corp., NMFS issued regulations under the Marine Mammal Protection Act to govern the unintentional taking of marine mammals incidental to oil and gas seismic surveys in Cook Inlet, AK from August 1016-July 2021. These regulations, which allow for the issuance of Letters of Authorization (LOA) for the incidental take of marine mammals, prescribe the permissible methods of taking and other means of effecting the least practicable adverse impact on marine mammal species or stocks and their habitat, as well as requirements to monitor and report such taking.

BP Exploration Northstar Oil and Gas Facility Operation in Beaufort Sea

Status Public Comment Issued Date Effective Dates
Active Closed 12/12/2013 1/13/2014 - 1/14/2019

Summary: Upon application from BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc., NMFS issued regulations under the MMPA to govern the unintentional taking of marine mammals incidental to operation of offshore oil and gas facilities in the U.S. Beaufort Sea, AK, between January 2014-January 2019. These regulations, which allow for the issuance of Letters of Authorization (LOA) for the incidental take of marine mammals, prescribe the permissible methods of taking and other means of effecting the least practicable adverse impact on marine mammal species or stocks and their habitat, as well as requirements to monitor and report such taking.

Withdrawn and Inactive 

For documents related to withdrawn applications for Authorization and inactive Authorizations, please contact us.

Applicant Activity Authorization Type Effective Dates
Furie Operating Alaska, LLC Seismic survey in Cook Inlet, AK IHA --
BlueCrest Alaska Operating, LLC Exploratory drilling in Cook Inlet, AK IHA --
Buccaneer Alaska Operation, LLC Exploratory drilling in Cook Inlet, AK IHA --
SAExploration, Inc.  Seismic surveys in the Beaufort Sea IHA --
ConocoPhillips Co. Exploration drilling in the Chukchi Sea IHA --

 

Expired Authorizations

The following Authorizations are expired. For documents related to expired Authorizations, please contact us.

Applicant Activity Authorization Type Effective Dates
Shell Gulf of Mexico Inc. Ice Overflight Surveys in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas, Alaska IHA 6/10/2015- 6/09/2016
SAExploration Inc. Oil and Gas Exploration Seismic Survey Program in Cook Inlet, Alaska IHA 05/13/2015- 05/12/2016
Alaska, LLC. (Hilcorp) Shallow Geohazard Survey in the Beaufort Sea, Alaska IHA 07/01/2015- 10/30/2015
Shell Gulf of Mexico Inc.  Exploration Drilling Program in the Chukchi Sea, Alaska IHA 07/01/2015- 10/31/2015
SAExploration Inc. Seismic Surveys in Beaufort Sea, Alaska IHA 07/01/2015-
10/15/2015
ExxonMobil Conductor Pipe Installation Activities at Harmony Platform in Santa Barbara Channel, CA IHA 09/17/2014-
09/16/2015

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