The federal Bureau of Land Management said this morning that it issued a joint record of decision with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers yesterday for ConocoPhillips Alaska's Greater Mooses Tooth 2 project.
ConocoPhillips announced earlier in October that first production from Greater Mooses Tooth 1 occurred Oct. 5.
The projects are in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.
BLM Alaska Acting State Director Ted Murphy said the agency is "proud of the collaborative efforts that resulted in this milestone for responsible energy development. The contributions of numerous stakeholders, especially Alaska Native communities, was key to bringing this project to completion," he said.
The GMT2 application was submitted by ConocoPhillips Alaska in August 2015. The project includes a 14-acre pad and up to 48 wells, an 8.2-mile road and an 8.6-mile pipeline connecting GMT2 with GMT1. BLM said ConocoPhillips anticipates starting construction in the 2018-19 winter, with production from 2020-50.
BLM said the joint ROD includes supplemental best management practices, in addition to those required by the NPR-A Integrated Activity Plan, such as wildlife protection measures for fleet and aircraft traffic; the establishment of agreements ensuring Native communities access to roads for subsistence purposes; and monitoring of wildlife populations, habitat and ecosystems.
- Petroleum News
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