The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is further extending the public comment period for the scoping of an environmental impact statement for Hilcorp Alaska's proposed development of the Liberty oil field in federal waters of the Beaufort Sea. In a notice issued today, the agency said that in response to a request from Hilcorp the deadline is being extended an additional 60 days from Jan. 26 to March 28.
BOEM originally announced its intention to prepare an EIS for Liberty on Sept. 25, at which time it initiated a public comment period slated to end on Nov. 24. However, the agency subsequently delayed the deadline for comments to Jan. 26 and has now further extended the period during which comments can be made. The additional time will enable Hilcorp to continue important outreach to North Slope stakeholders regarding the project, BOEM says.
Hilcorp proposes developing Liberty from an artificial gravel island in the shallow waters of the Beaufort. BOEM says that it will not make a decision over whether to approve the development until an EIS has been completed for the project.
- ALAN BAILEY
See story in Jan. 31 issue, available online Friday, Jan. 29 at www.PetroleumNews.com