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Letters of Authorization To Take Marine Mammals

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AGENCY:

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

ACTION:

Notice of issuance of Letters of Authorization to take marine mammals incidental to oil and gas industry activities.

SUMMARY:

In accordance with section 101(a)(5)(A) of the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, as amended, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service implementing regulations [50 CFR 18.27(f)(3)], notice is hereby given that Letters of Authorization to take polar bears and Pacific walrus incidental to oil and gas industry exploration, development, and production activities have been issued to the following companies:

CompanyActivityDate issued
BP Exploration (Prudhoe Bay UnitProductionFebruary 8, 2000.
BP Exploration (Kuparuk Unit)ProductionFebruary 8, 2000.
ARCO Alaska, Inc. (NW Eileen)ExplorationFebruary 14, 2000.
ARCO Alaska, Inc. (Alpine)DevelopmentFebruary 14, 2000.
ARCO Alaska, Inc. (Nanuk #2 & #3)ExplorationFebruary 14, 2000.
BP Exploration (Alaska), Inc. (Northstar)DevelopmentFebruary 23, 2000.
Western Geophysical (Anadarko)ExplorationFebruary 23, 2000.
Western Geophysical (ARCO)ExplorationFebruary 23, 2000.
ARCO Alaska, Inc. (Meltwater North)ExplorationFebruary 23, 2000.
ARCO Alaska, Inc. (Spark #1)ExplorationFebruary 23, 2000.
ARCO Alaska, Inc. (Rendezvous A&B)ExplorationFebruary 23, 2000.
ARCO Alaska, Inc. (Lookout A)ExplorationFebruary 23, 2000.
ARCO Alaska, Inc. (Moose's Tooth A&C)ExplorationFebruary 23, 2000.
ARCO Alaska, Inc. (Clover A&B)ExplorationFebruary 23, 2000.
ARCO Alaska, Inc. (Cairn)ExplorationFebruary 23, 2000.
Western Geophysical (ARCO)ExplorationFebruary 23, 2000.
Western Geophysical (BP Exploration)ExplorationFebruary 23, 2000.
Kuukpik/Fairweather GeophysicalExplorationFebruary 23, 2000.
BP Exploration (Point Thomson)ExplorationFebruary 23, 2000.
BP Exploration (West Gwydyr Bay)ExplorationFebruary 29, 2000.
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Mr. John W. Bridges at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Marine Mammals Management Office, 1011 East Tudor Road, Anchorage, Alaska 99503, (800) 362-5148 or (907) 786-3810.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Letters of Authorization were issued in accordance with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Federal Rules and Regulations “Marine Mammals; Incidental Take During Specified Activities (65 FR 5275; February 3, 2000).”

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Dated: March 3, 2000.

Gary Edwards,

Deputy Regional Director.

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[FR Doc. 00-6524 Filed 3-15-00; 8:45 am]

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