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Letters of Authorization to Take Marine Mammals

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Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.


Notice of issuance.


In accordance with the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 (MMPA) as amended, notice is hereby given that Letters of Authorization to take polar bears incidental to oil and gas industry exploration activities in the Beaufort Sea and adjacent northern coast of Alaska have been issued.

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Mr. Craig Perham at the 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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A Letter of Authorization has been issued to the following companies in accordance with Fish and Wildlife Service Federal Rules and Regulations (see “Marine Mammals; Incidental Take During Specified Activities” at 71 FR 43926; August 2, 2006) under section 101(a)(5)(A) of the MMPA and the Fish and Wildlife Service implementing regulations at 50 CFR 18.27(f)(3):

CompanyActivityLocationDate issued
Shell Offshore, Inc.ExplorationOpen water seismicAug 15, 2006
BP Exploration Alaska, Inc.ProductionGreater Prudhoe Bay, Milne Point, Badami, Endicott, and Northstar Oil Field UnitsAug 15, 2006
ConocoPhillips Alaska, IncProductionKuparuk and Alpine Oil Field UnitsAug 15, 2006
FEX L.P.ExplorationNPR-ASept 26, 2006
Ukpeagvik Inupiat CorporationDevelopmentCape Simpson Industrial PortSept 22, 2006
ConocoPhillips Alaska, IncExplorationPike Shallow Hazard SurveySept 26, 2006
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Dated: October 19, 2006.

Thomas O. Melius,

Regional Director.

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[FR Doc. E6-22277 Filed 12-27-06; 8:45 am]