BOEM Seeks Public Involvement on the Preparation of an Environmental Assessment for a Seismic Survey on the Alaska Outer Continental Shelf

04-12-2012 Anchorage, Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced today that it is seeking public input on issues that should be considered by the bureau in preparing an Environmental Assessment for proposed geophysical survey activity in Arctic areas of the Alaska Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).

ION Geophysical Corporation has applied to conduct an exploratory two-dimensional marine seismic survey during the fall of 2012. The application proposes conducting operations throughout much of the Beaufort Sea Planning Area, with specific transect lines and segments within the Chukchi Sea Planning Area. Data obtained during this survey would be used by geologists and geophysicists to view and interpret large-scale subsurface geologic structural features and evaluate prospects for oil and gas reserves.

ION’s permit application #12-01 and the associated area coverage map are available online at: here.

Comments must be submitted though the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=BOEM-2012-0026-0001. The deadline to receive comments is April 30, 2012. BOEM will not consider anonymous comments.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) manages the exploration and development of the nation's offshore resources. The Bureau seeks to balance economic development, energy independence, and environmental protection through oil and gas leases, renewable energy development and environmental reviews and studies.