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Oil & Gas: Incidental Take Authorizations

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Active/Issued

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Expired

 

IN PROCESS


 Oil and Gas Industry Geophysical Survey Activity in the Gulf of Mexico

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
IN PROCESS Open until
January 8, 2017
- -

Summary: NMFS has received a revised request from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, on behalf of oil and gas industry operators, to develop incidental take regulations governing the incidental taking of marine mammals. The requested regulations would establish a framework for authorization of marine mammal take through Letters of Authorization. The take of marine mammals, by Level A and Level B harassment, would occur incidental to oil and gas industry geophysical survey activity in the Gulf of Mexico over the course of five years from the date of issuance.

Incidental Take Authorization Documents:

Geophysical Surveys in the Atlantic Ocean 

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
IN PROCESS closed - -

Summary: NMFS has received multiple requests for authorization under the MMPA to take marine mammals incidental to conducting geophysical survey activities in the Atlantic Ocean. 

Incidental Take Authorization Documents:


Apache Alaska Corp. Seismic Survey in Cook Inlet, AK (2015-2020)

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
IN PROCESS closed - -

Summary: NMFS received a request from Apache Alaska Corporation (Apache) for authorization to take marine mammals incidental to oil and gas exploration seismic operations in Cook Inlet, AK, from March 2015 through February 2020. 

Incidental Take Authorization:

Environmental Analysis:

Supporting Documents:


ACTIVE


 BP Operation of Northstar Oil and Gas Facility in the Beaufort Sea, AK (2014-2019)

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
ACTIVE closed 12/12/2013 01/13/2014-
01/14/2019

Summary: Upon application from BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc., NMFS issued regulations under the Marine Mammal Protection Act to govern the unintentional taking of marine mammals incidental to operation of offshore oil and gas facilities in the U.S. Beaufort Sea, AK, between January 2014-January 2019. These regulations, which allow for the issuance of Letters of Authorization (LOAs) for the incidental take of marine mammals, prescribe the permissible methods of taking and other means of effecting the least practicable adverse impact on marine mammal species or stocks and their habitat, as well as requirements to monitor and report such taking.

Incidental Take Authorization:

National Environmental Policy Act Analysis:

Supporting Documents

 


WITHDRAWN and INACTIVE


Furie Operating Alaska LLC Seismic Survey in Cook Inlet, AK

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
INACTIVE
closed
- -

Summary: NMFS received an application from Furie Operating Alaska LLC for an IHA to take six species of marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to a proposed 3D seismic survey in Cook Inlet, AK, between May 2014-May 2015.

Incidental Take Authorization:


BlueCrest Exploratory Drilling in Lower Cook Inlet, AK 

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
INACTIVE closed - -

Summary: NMFS received an application from BlueCrest Alaska Operating, LLC, for an IHA to take marine mammals, by Level B harassment, incidental to conducting an oil and gas production drilling program in lower Cook Inlet, AK.

Incidental Take Authorization:

Environmental Analysis

Buccaneer Exploratory Drilling in Upper Cook Inlet, AK

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
INACTIVE
closed
- -

Summary: NMFS received an application from Buccaneer Alaska Operation, LLC, for an IHA to take marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to conducting a multi-well offshore exploratory drilling program in upper Cook Inlet during the 2014 open water season.

Incidental Take Authorization:

Supporting Documents


2013-2014 SAE Marine Seismic Survey in the Beaufort Sea, AK

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
WITHDRAWN
closed
-
-

NMFS received an application from SAExploration, Inc. for an IHA to take marine mammals, by harassment only, incidental to a marine 3D ocean bottom cable seismic surveys program in the state and federal waters of the Beaufort Sea, AK, during the open water season of 2013. The application was withdrawn.


2013-2014 Conoco Phillips Exploratory Drilling Program in Chukchi Sea, AK

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
WITHDRAWN
closed - -

Summary: NMFS received an application from ConocoPhillips Company for an IHA for the take of small numbers of marine mammals, by Level B harassment, incidental to conducting offshore exploration drilling on Outer Continental Shelf leases in the Chukchi Sea, AK, during the 2014 open-water season. The application was withdrawn.

Incidental Take Authorization:

Supporting Documents:


 

EXPIRED


Shell Ice Overflight Surveys in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas, AK (2015)

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
EXPIRED closed 06/05/2015 06/10/2015 - 06/09/2016

Summary: We issued an IHA to Shell Gulf of Mexico Inc. (Shell)  to take marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to ice overflight surveys in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas, Alaska.
 

Incidental Take Authorization Documents:

Environmental Analysis:

Supplemental Documents:


 SAE Seismic Surveys in Cook Inlet, AK (2015)

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
EXPIRED closed 05/12/2015 05/13/2015 - 05/12/2016

Summary: NMFS issued an IHA to SAExploration Inc. for authorization to take marine mammals incidental to an oil and gas exploration seismic survey program in Cook Inlet, Alaska between May 13, 2015 and May 12, 2016.

Incidental Take Authorization:

Supporting Documents:

Hilcorp Shallow Geohazard Survey in the Beaufort Sea, AK (2015)

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
EXPIRED closed 06/29/2015 07/01/2015 - 10/30/2015

Summary: NMFS has issued an IHA to Alaska, LLC. (Hilcorp) to take marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to a shallow geohazard survey in the Beaufort Sea, Alaska. 

Incidental Take Authorization Documents:

Environmental Analyses:

Supporting Documents:


Shell Exploration Drilling Program in the Chukchi Sea, AK (2015)

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
EXPIRED closed 06/12/2015 07/01/2015 - 10/31/2015

Summary: We issued an IHA to Shell Gulf of Mexico Inc. (Shell) to take marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to offshore exploration drilling on Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) leases in the Chukchi Sea, Alaska. 

Incidental Take Authorization:

Environmental Analysis:

Supporting Documents:

 SEA Seismic Surveys in Beaufort Sea, AK (2015)

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
EXPIRED
closed
07/01/2015
07/01/2015-
10/15/2015

Summary: NMFS issued an IHA to SAExploration Inc. (SAE) to take marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to a marine 3-dimensional and ocean bottom node seismic survey program the Beaufort Sea, Alaska.

Incidental Take Authorization:

Environmental Analyses:

Supporting Documents:


ExxonMobil Conductor Pipe Installation Activities at Harmony Platform in Santa Barbara Channel, CA

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
EXPIRED closed 09/17/2014 09/17/2014-
09/16/2015

Summary: We issued an IHA to ExxonMobil to take marine mammals incidental to installing conductor pipes at the Harmony Platform, Santa Ynez Production Unit, located in the Santa Barbara Channel offshore of California.

Incidental Take Authorization:

Environmental Analysis:

Comments:

 Apache Alaska Corp. Seismic Survey in Cook Inlet, AK

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
EXPIRED
closed
03/04/2014
03/04/2014-
12/31/2014

Summary: We issued an IHA to Apache Alaska Corporation (Apache) to take marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to a proposed 3D seismic survey in Cook Inlet, Alaska, between March 4, 2014, and December 31, 2014.

Incidental Take Authorization:

 

Environmental Analyses:

Supporting Documents:


 

SAE Marine Seismic Survey in the Beaufort Sea, AK (2014)

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
EXPIRED
closed
08/21/2014 08/25/2014-
10/31/2014

Summary: We issued an IHA to SAExploration, Inc. (SAE) to take marine mammals, by Level B harassment, incidental to a marine 3D ocean bottom node seismic surveys program in the state and federal waters of the Beaufort Sea, Alaska, during the open-water season of 2014.

Incidental Take Authorization:

Environmental Analyses

Supporting Documents


BP Shallow Geohazard Survey in Foggy Island Bay, Beaufort Sea, AK

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
EXPIRED
closed
06/25/2014 07/01/2014-
09/30/2014

Summary: We issued an IHA to BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. to take marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to conducting a shallow geohazard survey in Foggy Island Bay, Beaufort Sea, AK, during the 2014 open water season.

Incidental Take Authorization:

Environmental Analyses:

Supporting Documents:


BP Ocean-Bottom Sensor (OBS) Seismic Survey in Prudhoe Bay, Beaufort Sea, AK

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
EXPIRED
closed
06/25/2014 07/01/2014-
09/30/2014

Summary: We issued an IHA to BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. to take marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to conducting an ocean-bottom sensor seismic survey in Prudhoe Bay, Beaufort Sea, AK, during the 2014 open water season.

Incidental Take Authorization:

Environmental Analyses

Supporting Documents


2013 Apache Alaska Corp. Seismic Survey in Cook Inlet Alaska

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
EXPIRED closed
02/25/2013
03/01/2013-
03/01/2014

Summary: We issued an Incidental Harassment Authorization (IHA) to the Apache Alaska Corporation (Apache) to take marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to a proposed 3D seismic survey in Cook Inlet, Alaska, between March 2013 and March 2014.

Incidental Take Authorization:

Environmental Analyses:

Supporting Documents


TGS 2D Seismic Survey in the Chukchi Sea (2013)

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
EXPIRED closed
08/14/2013
08/14/2013-
10/31/2013

Summary: We issued an IHA to TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Company ASA to take, by harassment, small numbers of marine mammals incidental to a marine 2-D seismic survey program in the Chukchi Sea, Alaska, during the 2013 Arctic open-water season.

Incidental Take Authorization:

Environmental Analyses:

Supporting Documents


 

2013 Shell Seismic Survey in the Chukchi Sea, Alaska

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
EXPIRED closed
07/15/2013
07/15/2013-
10/31/2013

Summary: We issued an IHA to Shell to take, by harassment, small numbers of 13 species of marine mammals incidental to a marine survey program in the Chukchi Sea, Alaska, during the 2013 Arctic open-water season.

Incidental Take Authorization:

Environmental Analyses:

Supporting Documents


 

2008-2013 Minerals Management Service Rig Removal in the Gulf of Mexico

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
EXPIRED closed
06/19/2008
07/21/2008-
07/19/2013

Summary: We, upon application from the Minerals Management Service (MMS), issued regulations to govern the unintentional takings of small numbers of marine mammals incidental to explosive severance activities at offshore oil and gas structures in the Gulf of Mexico.  These regulations do not authorize offshore structure removal activities as such authorization is not within the jurisdiction of the Secretary. Rather, NMFS' regulations together with LOAs authorize the unintentional incidental take of marine mammals in connection with this activity.

Incidental Take Authorization:

Environmental Analyses:

Supporting Documents


2012 Apache Alaska Corp. Seismic Survey in Cook Inlet, Alaska

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
EXPIRED closed
04/30/2012
04/30/2012-
04/30/2013

Summary: We issued an IHA to Apache Alaska Corporation to take marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to a proposed 3D seismic survey in Cook Inlet, Alaska, between April 2012 and April 2013.

Incidental Take Authorization:

Environmental Analyses:

Supplemental Documents:


2012 ION Geophysical Project

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
EXPIRED closed
10/24/2011
10/17/2011-12/15/2012

Summary: We issued an IHA to ION Geophysical (ION) to take, by harassment, small numbers of nine species of marine mammals incidental to in-ice marine seismic surveys in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas, Alaska, during the fall and winter 2012.

Incidental Take Authorization:

Environmental Analyses:

Supporting Documents:


2012 Shell Chukchi Sea Exploratory Drilling Program

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
EXPIRED closed
05/02/2012
7/1/2012-
10/31/2012

Summary: We issued an IHA to Shell to take marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to offshore exploration drilling on Outer Continental Shelf leases in the Chukchi Sea, Alaska.

Incidental Take Authorization:

Environmental Analyses:

Comments

Supporting Documents


2012 Shell Beaufort Sea Exploratory Drilling Program

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
EXPIRED closed
05/02/2012
7/1/2012-
10/31/2012

Summary: We issued an IHA to Shell to take marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to offshore exploration drilling on Outer Continental Shelf leases in the Beaufort Sea, Alaska.

Incidental Take Authorization:

Environmental Analyses:

Supporting Documents

Comments


2012 BP Open Water Seismic Survey

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
EXPIRED closed
06/29/2012
07/01/2012-
10/15/2012

Summary: We issued an IHA to BP to take, by harassment, small numbers of 10 species of marine mammals incidental to ocean bottom cable seismic surveys in the Simpson Lagoon area of the Beaufort Sea, Alaska, during the 2012 Arctic open-water season.

Incidental Take Authorization:

Environmental Analyses:

Supporting Documents:

Comments Received:


 

2011 Statoil Shallow Hazards Survey in the Alaskan Chukchi Sea

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
EXPIRED closed
07/28/2011
08/01/2011-
11/30/2011

Incidental Take Authorization:

Environmental Analyses:

Supporting Documents

Comments


 

2010 Statoil 3D Marine Seismic Survey in Chukchi Sea, AK

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
EXPIRED closed
08/06/2010
08/06/2010-
11/30/2010

Incidental Take Authorization:

Environmental Analyses:

Comments

Supporting Documents


2010 Shell Open Water Marine Survey Program in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas, AK

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
EXPIRED closed
08/06/2010
08/06/2010-
11/30/2010

Incidental Take Authorization:

Environmental Analyses:

Supporting Documents

Comments


2009 Shell Open-water Marine Survey Program, Chukchi Sea

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
EXPIRED closed
08/19/2009
08/19/2009-
08/18/2010

Incidental Take Authorization:

Environmental Analyses:

Comments

Supporting Documents


2008 Shell Seismic- Alaskan Arctic

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
EXPIRED closed
08/19/2008
08/20/2008-
08/19/2009

Incidental Take Authorization:

Environmental Analyses:

Supplemental Documents


2008 PGS Seismic Survey in the Beaufort Sea, AK

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
EXPIRED closed
07/30/2008
07/30/2008-
07/29/2009

Incidental Take Authorization:

Environmental Analyses:

Supporting Documents


2008 ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc. Shallow Hazard and Site Clearance Surveys in Chukchi Sea, AK

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
EXPIRED closed
08/15/2008
08/15/2008-
10/31/2008

Incidental Take Authorization:

Environmental Analyses:

Supporting Documents


2008 BP Seismic Survey in the Liberty Prospect, Beaufort Sea, AK

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
EXPIRED closed
07/08/2008
07/08/2008-
08/25/2008

Incidental Take Authorization:

Environmental Analyses:

Supporting Documents


2008 ASRC Open Water Seismic Survey in Chukchi Sea, AK

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
EXPIRED closed
07/30/2008
07/30/2008-
09/25/2008

Incidental Take Authorization:

Environmental Analyses:

Supporting Documents


2007 Shell Arctic Seismic Program

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
EXPIRED closed
08/20/2007
08/20/2007-
08/01/2008

Incidental Take Authorization:

Environmental Analyses:

Supporting Documents


2006 BP Operation of Northstar Oil and Gas Facility in Beaufort Sea

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
EXPIRED closed
03/07/2006
04/06/2006-
04/06/2011

Incidental Take Authorization:

Supporting Documents

Updated: December 7, 2016