Biological Opinion on the Construction and Operation of the Liberty Oil Production Island

January 31, 2002

British Petroleum Exploration, Alaska, proposes to develop and produce oil and gas from the Liberty oil field and has applied to the Minerals Management Service for approval of the Liberty Development and Production Plan.

NOAA Fisheries' biological opinion on the Minerals Management Service’s proposed approval of a development and production plan for the construction and operation of the Liberty project in the U.S. Beaufort Sea off Alaska’s north coast, and its effects on the endangered bowhead whale, Balaena mysticetus, in accordance with section 7 of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended [16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.]. Formal section 7 consultation with the MMS was initiated on March 2, 2001.

Action Agencies: Department of the Interior and Minerals Management Service

NMFS Consultation Number: F/AKR/2001/00889

Last updated by Alaska Regional Office on 06/04/2020

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