Alaska Region G&G Survey 14-01

SAExploration, Inc.

Beaufort Sea, 2014

 

SUMMARY

SAExploration Inc. (SAE) has submitted an application for a permit to conduct an on-ice seismic survey to acquire 3D seismic data using vibrators as the energy source in the Beaufort Sea Outer Continental Shelf Planning Area. The proposed survey area covers approximately 220 square miles, including State lands north of the village of Nuiqsut as well as areas of shallow bottom-founded ice of the Beaufort Sea. The project is proposed to take place between Feb. 15 and May 31, 2014. Survey Map

For additional information, contact BOEM's Alaska OCS Region Resource Evaluation Office at (907) 334-5320.

 

CHRONOLOGY

May 4, 2014: The Alaska Region Resource Evaluation Office receives notice that operations under this permit are complete. 

April 1, 2014: The Alaska OCS Resource Evaluation Office approves a modification to G&G Permit 14-01. The change extends the permitted project boundaries westward as shown on the revised map.

Feb. 24, 2014: The Alaska OCS Resource Evaluation Office issues G&G Permit 14-01 to SAExploration. Approved Permit | Approval Letter and Attachments

Feb. 13, 2014:Environmental Assessment | Finding of No Significant Impact

Jan. 10, 2014: Public comment period closes.

Dec. 19, 2013: BOEM SEEKS PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT IN PREPARING ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is preparing an Environmental Assessment (EA) for proposed seismic survey #14-01 by SAExploration, Inc. Although the EA will include an analysis of proposed activities within the entire proposed project area, BOEM’s jurisdictional permit authority is limited to activities in the Outer Continental Shelf. BOEM is inviting the public to comment on issues that should be considered by BOEM in preparing the EA.

BOEM is only accepting and considering public comments submitted through the Federal eRulemaking Portal. The deadline to receive these comments is midnight (Eastern Standard Time) on Jan. 10, 2014. NOTE: Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment -- including your personal identifying information -- may be made publicly available at any time. While you may ask BOEM (prominently at the beginning of your submission) to withhold your personal identifying information from public view, BOEM cannot guarantee that it will be able to do so. BOEM will not consider anonymous comments.

Nov. 5, 2013: BOEM's Alaska OCS Region Resource Evaluation office deems complete an application submitted by SAExploration Inc. for a G&G Permit to conduct seismic exploration activities. The proposed survey is designated OCS Permit 14-01. Review of the proposed activity begins, including National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review.