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North Aleutian Basin (NAB) Information Status and Research Planning Meeting. Hilton Hotel, Anchorage November 28 - December 1, 2006 Paul Stang, Alaska Regional Supervisor for Leasing and Environment Minerals Management Service U.S. Department of the Interior.
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North Aleutian Basin (NAB) Information Status and Research Planning Meeting Hilton Hotel, Anchorage November 28 - December 1, 2006 Paul Stang, Alaska Regional Supervisor for Leasing and Environment Minerals Management Service U.S. Department of the Interior
MMS Background: An Ocean & Mineral Agency • The Outer Continental Shelf • off the coast beyond 3 miles • Oil and Gas Leasing, Regulation, Monitoring, Inspections • Sand, gravel, gold, other minerals, • Energy from sun, wind, currents, waves • Royalty Collection andDisbursement • Environmental • & Technical • Research
2/06 Draft Proposed Program [60-day comment period] *Request for Comments and Information[45-day comment period] Preparation of the 5-Year OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2007-2012 7/1/07 Current program ends New program begins 6/07 Final Approval 4/07 Proposed Final Program and Final EIS [60-day waiting period] >>> 8/06 Proposed Program and Draft EIS [90-day comment period] 8/05
Sales in the 2007-2012 Proposed Programoff Alaska Beaufort Sea Cook Inlet 2009 and 2011 2009 and 2011 Chukchi Sea 2007, 2010 and 2012 North Aleutian Basin 2010 and 2012 (subject to Pres. Withdrawal)
Historic Sale 92 Area • Last area sale was held in 1988 • Last EIS for NAB area was completed in 1985 • Last MMS study in the area was concluded in early 1990s
Proposed leasing is still contingent on … • Inclusion in the Final 5-Year Program • Removal of current Presidential Withdrawal • Subsequent pre-sale decisions on whether to actually hold an individual sale in the NAB
OCS Oil and Gas EstimatesUndiscovered Technically Recoverable Planning AreaBarrels* of Oil EquivalentFraction 95%Mean5%that’s oil Beaufort Sea 0.53 13.14 36.08 2/3** Chukchi Sea 4.15 29.04 77.36 1/2** N. Aleutian Basin 0.09 2.29 6.65 1/3** Cook Inlet 0.06 1.23 3.47 4/5** *Billions ** Approximate
Some Key Concerns raised in meetings on Aleutian Chain • Effects of noise and oil spills on -- - Commercial fisheries year round - Subsistence - Endangered and Threatened Species - Other Birds and Mammals • Right Whale & Stellar Sea Lion Critical Habitats • Economic Benefits - Jobs & Access to Fuel
Timing Est. of Information Needs for OCS Leasing / Operational Activities • Fall ’07 – Need Studies Info to Start Lease Sale EIS • 2008 – Start general monitoring in sale area • 2010 – Lease sale • 2011* – First Exploration Well & First Discovery • 2012* –Need Studies Info to Start DPP EIS • 2012* –Start Monitoring in Development Area • 2015* – Complete EIS, Approve DPP, Sanction Project • 2017* – Begin Development Construction at NAB site • 2020* – Start Oil Production • 2025* – Start Gas Production (LNG Export) *earliest possible scenario
Contacts Paul.Stang@mms.gov Regional Supervisor, 907- 334-5233 or -5230 Leasing & Environment Cleve.Cowles@MMS.gov Chief, Environmental 907-334-5281 Studies Section Dee.Williams@MMS.gov NAB Planning Meeting, 907-334-5283 COTR