Shell - Chukchi Sea Exploration Plan


CONTENTS

Chronology
Original Shell Chukchi Sea EP and Supporting Documents

 


CHRONOLOGY

 

=========================2014=========================

 

 

Jan. 14, 2014: BOEM sends a second Request for Additional Information to Shell. The letter details the additional information the bureau would need in order to formally "deem submitted" Shell's Revised Exploration Plan for the Chukchi Sea.

 

 

=========================2013=========================

 

Dec. 20, 2013: Shell delivers to BOEM a letter and attachments responding to BOEM's request for additional information.

 

Nov. 29, 2013: BOEM's Alaska OCS Region sends a Request for Additional Information to Shell. The letter details the additional information the bureau would need in order to formally "deem submitted" Shell's Revised Exploration Plan for the Chukchi Sea (see Nov. 6, 2013 entry, below).

 

Nov. 26, 2013: BOEM's Alaska OCS Region receives from Shell its 2014 Integrated Operations Plan (IOP) for the Chukchi Sea. (The IOP submittal is in response to recommendations within the Department of the Interior’s March 2013 report Review of Shell’s 2012 Alaska Offshore Oil and Gas Exploration Program. Section II.A of this report recommends that Shell “should develop, and submit to DOI, a comprehensive and integrated operational plan describing in detail its future drilling program.”) It is important to understand that BOEM is not taking public comment on the IOP at this time, as the document is informational only. BOEM staff will coordinate review of the IOP with members of the Alaska Interagency Working Group.


Nov. 6, 2013: Shell Gulf of Mexico, Inc., files a revised version of its Chukchi Sea Exploration Plan with BOEM's Alaska OCS Region office.

It is important to understand that BOEM is not taking public comment on this issue at this time, as this Revised EP has not yet been formally "deemed submitted." 

Per standard procedure with all EPs received, BOEM staff begins assessing the Revised EP filed by Shell to determine whether it contains all required elements to initiate a more comprehensive review. BOEM staff have 15 working days to conclude this assessment.

• If BOEM staff determine that the agency requires further information in order to adequately review the Revised EP, a letter to that effect will be delivered to Shell.

• When/if the initial assessment determines that the Revised EP does in fact contain sufficient information to initiate a comprehensive review, the Revised EP will be "deemed submitted." At that time, an announcement to that effect will be posted to the BOEM website, the Revised EP and any supporting documents will be posted, and a public comment period will begin.

Upon a “deemed submitted” announcement, the bureau has 30 calendar days to approve the plan, disapprove the plan, or require modifications. 

 

March 14, 2013: Department of the Interior Releases Assessment of Shell's 2012 Arctic Operations.

 

=========================2012=========================


Aug. 30, 2012: Bureau of Ocean Energy Management letter to Shell regarding revision to Shell's 2012 Chukchi Sea Exploration Plan to address increased emissions

June 13, 2012:  Bureau of Ocean Energy Management letter to Shell regarding review of the Marine Mammal Protection Act authorizations and the Endangered Species Act authorizations

June 13, 2012: Bureau of Ocean Energy Management letter to Shell regarding Shell's fulfillment of Conditions #5, #6, #7, #10 and #14 of the Revised 2012 Chukchi Sea Exploration Plan

June 13, 2012: Bureau of Ocean Energy Management letter to Shell regarding Endangered Species Act consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

June 11, 2012: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Incident Take Statements and Biological Opinions for incidental harassment authorizations under the Marine Mammal Protection Act

June 6, 2012: Shell letter regarding the fulfillment of Condition #5 of the Revised Chukchi Sea Exploration Plan

June 1, 2012: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services Letters of Authorization (LOA) to Shell for the incidental and intentional take of polar bears and Pacific walruses

May 11, 2012: Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Completion of Endangered Species Act Section 7 consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

May 8, 2012: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services  Revised Biological Opinion and Conference Opinion for Oil and Gas Activities in the Beaufort and Chukchi Sea Planning Areas

May 2, 2012: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration incidental harassment authorizations for Shell's energy exploration activities in shallow waters in the Arctic

Feb 17, 2012: Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement letter regarding Shell's amended Chukchi Sea Oil Spill Response Plan

Jan. 26, 2012: Shell amended Chukchi Sea Oil Spill Response Plan 

 

=========================2011=========================

Dec. 23, 2011: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services Revised Biological Opinion and Conference Opinion for Oil and Gas Activities in the Beaufort and Chukchi Sea Planning Areas

Dec. 16, 2011: BOEM Issues Conditional Approval for Shell 2012 Chukchi Sea Exploration Plan

Dec. 16, 2011: BOEM Letter of Conditional Approval to Shell for Chukchi Sea Exploration Plan

Dec. 14, 2011: Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact

Nov. 16, 2011: BOEM Seeks Public Comment to Inform Environmental Assessment and Analysis of Chukchi Sea Exploration Plan

 


ORIGINAL SHELL CHUKCHI SEA EP, AND SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS


Shell 2012 Chukchi Sea Exploration Plan

Appendix A: Outer Continental Shelf Information Forms

Appendix B: National Pollution Discharge Authorizations

Appendix C: Incidental Harassment Authorization

Appendix D: Marine Mammal Monitoring

Appendix E: USFWS Letter of Authorization

Appendix F: Environmental Impact Analysis

Appendix G: US Army Corps of Engineers Permit

Appendix H: Plan of Cooperation

Appendix I: Bird Plan

Appendix J: Critical Operations and Curtailment Plan

Appendix K: Ice Management Plan

Appendix L: Well Control Plan

Appendix M: Fuel Transfer Plan

Appendix N: H2S Contingency Plan

Errata

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