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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 and Pacific walruses incidental to oil and gas industry exploration, development, and production 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):

Letters of Authorization for 2007

CompanyActivityProjectDate issued
Kerr-McGee Oil and GasDevelopmentNikaitchuqOct 26, 2006.
ConocoPhillips Alaska, IncExplorationIntrepidDec 4, 2006.
Anadarko Petroleum CoExplorationJacob's LadderDec 7, 2006.
Savant Alaska, LLCExplorationKupcake #1Dec 27, 2006.
ConocoPhillips Alaska, IncExplorationNoatak #1, 2, 3Dec 12, 2006.
ConocoPhillips Alaska, IncExplorationNugget #1, 2Dec 12, 2006.
ConocoPhillips Alaska, IncExplorationCassin #1, 2, 3Dec 12, 2006.
ConocoPhillips Alaska, IncExplorationSpark Down Dip #9-12Dec 12, 2006.
ConocoPhillips Alaska, IncExplorationMakuaDec 15, 2006.
Pioneer Natural Resources Alaska, IncDevelopmentOooguruk ProjectDec 21, 2006.
Brooks Range Petroleum CorpExplorationSak RiverDec 27, 2006.
Ukpeagvik Inupiat CorporationDevelopmentCape Simpson Industrial PortJan 31, 2007.
BP Exploration Alaska, IncExplorationMilne Point seismicJan 23, 2007
Shell Offshore, IncExplorationAerial ReconnaissanceJan 23, 2007.
Shell Offshore, IncExplorationOn-ice seismicMar 8, 2007.
Shell Offshore, IncExplorationOpen water seismicJuly 31, 2007
Shell Offshore, IncExplorationBeaufort Drilling ProgramAug 20, 2008.
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Letters of Authorization for 2008

CompanyActivityProjectDate issued
Savant Alaska, LLCExplorationKupcake #1Dec 4, 2007
Pioneer Natural Resources Alaska, IncDevelopmentOooguruk ProjectDec 4, 2007.
Anadarko Petroleum CoExplorationJacob's LadderDec 3, 2007
Anadarko Petroleum CoExplorationGubik, ChandlerDec 3, 2007.
Brooks Range Petroleum CorpExplorationTofkatDec 3, 2007
Brooks Range Petroleum CorpExplorationGwydyr BayDec 3, 2007.
Veritas DGC Land IncExploration2008 winter seismicJan 8, 2008.
Eni U.S. Operating Co, IncDevelopmentNikaitchuqFeb 22, 2008.
ConocoPhillips Alaska, IncExplorationChar #1Feb 12, 2008.
ConocoPhillips Alaska, IncExplorationSpark Down Dip 9Feb 12, 2008.
Shell Offshore, IncExplorationAerial Reconnaissance ProgramJan 28, 2008.
BP Exploration Alaska, IncExplorationLiberty Seismic ProgramMarch 6, 2008.
BP Exploration Alaska, IncRemediationChallenge Island #1April 11, 2008.
PGS Onshore, IncExplorationOBC SeismicJuly 10, 2008.
Shell Offshore, IncExplorationOpen water seismicJuly 10, 2008.
ExxonMobil Production CoDevelopmentPoint ThomsonAug 19, 2008.
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Dated: September 17, 2008.

Thomas O. Melius,

Regional Director.

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[FR Doc. E8-24514 Filed 10-14-08; 8:45 am]