|May 19||BOEM sends a letter to Shell Gulf of Mexico Inc. relinquishing 113 Federal OCS Oil and Gas Leases.|
|Mar 24 ||BOEM memo to file detailing the review and closeout of operational and post-operational conditionally approved items for Shell's March 2015 Chukchi Sea Exploration Plan Revision 2.|
|Jan 13||BOEM accepts Shell’s request to withdraw the Shell Gulf of Mexico Inc. and Shell Offshore Inc. (Shell) Revised Outer Continental ShelfLease Exploration Plan Revision 2, Chukchi Sea, Alaska, approved May 11, 2015, and Revised Outer Continental Shelf Lease Exploration Plan, Camden Bay, Beaufort Sea, Alaska, approved August 4, 2011 (hereinafter "EPs").|
|Jan 12||BOEM memo to file regarding the Shell EP Approval Condition #17 - SEMS Third-Party Audit Report Review|
|Jan 7||Shell informs BOEM that no further exploration activities will be conducted under the Revised Camden Bay, Beaufort Sea (Camden Bay) Exploration Plan and Revised Chukchi Sea Exploration Plan (Revision 2) dated May 4, 2011 and March 31, 2015, respectively. Shell withdraws each of the aforementioned Exploration Plans.|
|Nov 30||Shell provides BOEM with the Seasonal Operating Report pursuant to Item No, 18 of the BOEM May 11, 2015, conditional approval of the Shell Revised Chukchi Sea Exploration Plan (Revision 2) March 31, 2015.|
|Nov 16||BOEM thanks National Weather Service for collaboration with the BOEM during the Shell 2015 open water exploration-drilling season.|
|Oct 28||BOEM request that Shell provide plans for site clearance and intentions regarding the 2012 Camden Bay Exploration Plan (EP) and the 2015 Chukchi Sea (Revision 2) EP.|
|Aug 25||BOEM confirms Shell has fulfilled the pre-operational requirements listed in the May 11, 2015, conditional approval of the Shell Revised Chukchi Sea Exploration Plan (Revision 2) of March 31, 2015.|
|Aug 12||BOEM sends Shell a letter declining to approve Shell's Aug. 6, 2015 request for a deviation from Condition #2.|
|Aug 6||Shell requests a deviation from condition #2 of the EP approval.|
|May 11|| |
After a comprehensive review and consideration of comments received from the public, stakeholders, and federal and state partner agencies and tribes, BOEM conditionally approves Shell Gulf of Mexico, Inc.’s revised multi-year Exploration Plan for the Chukchi Sea, which had been deemed submitted April 10, 2015.
|May 01|| |
21-day comment period for Shell's Revised EP ends (see item for April 10, 2015).
|Apr 20|| |
10-day comment period for the EA ends (see item for April 10, 2015).
|Apr 10|| |
Upon completing a preliminary review of the Revised Chukchi Sea Exploration Plan received from Shell on March 31, 2015, BOEM determines that all the required components are in place to justify a full review, and deems the EP submitted. The Bureau now has 30 calendar days to analyze and evaluate the revised EP in accordance with federal law. As part of this analysis, the Bureau will prepare a site-specific Environmental Assessment (EA) of the proposed exploration activities pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act.
This announcement initiates two separate (but partially concurrent) comment periods: A 10-day comment period for the public to comment on any issues that BOEM should consider in preparing the EA for the revised EP (this comment period ends at midnight Eastern Time on April 20, 2015); and a 21-day comment period for the public to submit comments on the revised EP (this comment period ends at midnight Eastern Time on May 1, 2015).
|Mar 31|| |
BOEM receives from Shell Gulf of Mexico, Inc., a new version of their Chukchi Sea Exploration Plan. This version, still titled “Revision 2,” replaces the previous “Revision 2” received by BOEM on Aug. 28, 2014. BOEM analysts begin assessing this Revised EP to determine whether it contains all required elements to initiate a full review. BOEM staff have 15 working days to conclude this preliminary assessment.
Upon a “deemed submitted” announcement, BOEM has 30 calendar days to approve the plan, disapprove the plan, or require modifications.
|Aug 28|| |
BOEM’s Alaska Region receives from Shell Gulf of Mexico, Inc., a revised version of their Chukchi Sea Exploration Plan. This is a draft version, still titled “Revision 2,” and it replaces the previous “Revision 2” submitted to BOEM on Nov. 6, 2013. Plan | Appendix
It is important to understand that BOEM is not taking public comment on this document at this time, as this Revised EP has not yet been formally “deemed submitted.”
|May 01|| |
Shell’s Response to BOEM’s Request for Additional Information (RFAI) on the Chukchi Sea Exploration Plan.
|Jan 14|| |
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.
|Dec 20|| |
Shell delivers to BOEM a letter and attachments responding to BOEM's request for additional information.
|Nov 29|| |
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|| |
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.”) BOEM is not taking public comment on the IOP, as the document is informational only. BOEM staff will coordinate review of the IOP with members of the Alaska Interagency Working Group.
|Nov 06|| |
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.
Upon a “deemed submitted” announcement, the Bureau has 30 calendar days to approve the plan, disapprove the plan, or require modifications.
|Mar 14|| |
Department of the Interior Releases Assessment of Shell's 2012 Arctic Operations.
|Dec 23|| |
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 11|| |
Shell submits Chukchi Sea EP Revision 1. This document superseded the original Shell Chukchi Sea 2012 Exploration plan, which had been submitted in 2009 and approved by BOEM in 2010. Exploration Plan | Appendices and Attachments