The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has published a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) analyzing the impacts of proposed activities on the Liberty project in the Beaufort Sea, and has invited the public to comment on the plan.
Hilcorp filed the plan describing the expected activities at the Liberty offshore oil and gas development and production plan in September 2015.
The publication of the draft EIS opens a 90-day public comment period, which lasts until midnight November 18. During this time, BOEM will conduct public hearings and accept comments and the input received will be used to prepare the final EIS.
Vincent DeVito, counselor for energy policy at the U.S. Department of the Interior, said: “Publication of the draft EIS is another important step in the Department’s strategy of responsible resource development, and we are committed to working with states, Alaska Native communities, investors, and all stakeholders when we analyze development and production plans.”
BOEM added that it already scheduled five public hearings in five Alaskan cities in early October.