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Letters of Authorization To Take Marine Mammals

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AGENCY:

Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION:

Notice of issuance.

SUMMARY:

In accordance with the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, as amended (MMPA), we, the Fish and Wildlife Service, have issued letters of authorization to take polar bears and Pacific walrus incidental to oil and gas industry exploration, development, and production activities in the Beaufort Sea and adjacent northern coast of Alaska and incidental to oil and gas industry exploration activities in the Chukchi Sea and adjacent western coast of Alaska.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Craig Perham at the Fish and Wildlife Service, Marine Mammals Management Office, 1011 East Tudor Road, Anchorage, AK 99503; (800) 362-5148 or (907) 786-3810.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

On August 2, 2006, we published in the Federal Register (71 FR 43926) a final rule establishing regulations that allow us to authorize the nonlethal, incidental, unintentional take of small numbers of polar bears and Pacific walrus during year-round oil and gas industry exploration, development, and production activities in the Beaufort Sea and adjacent northern coast of Alaska for 5 years from date of issuance of that rule. In accordance with that rule, section 101(a)(5)(A) of the MMPA, and our regulations at 50 CFR part 18, subpart J, we issued a letter of authorization (LOA) to the following companies in the Beaufort Sea and adjacent northern coast of Alaska.

Beaufort Sea, Letters of Authorization for 2008

CompanyActivityProjectDate issued
Denali—the Alaska Pipeline GroupExploration2008 Hydrology studySept 15, 2008.
Brooks Range Petroleum CorpExplorationNorth Shore Sak RiverNov 1, 2008.
Pioneer Natural Resources Alaska, IncProductionOooguruk ProjectDec 15, 2008.
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Beaufort Sea, Letters of Authorization for 2009

CompanyActivityProjectDate issued
BP Exploration Alaska, IncDevelopmentLiberty DevelopmentJan 7, 2009.
Shell Offshore, IncExplorationOn-ice Buoy DeploymentJan 8, 2009.
ConocoPhillips Alaska, IncExplorationPioneer #1Jan 15, 2009.
ConocoPhillips Alaska, IncExplorationGrandview 1 EastJan 15, 2009.
ConocoPhillips Alaska, IncDevelopmentCD5 Satellite DevelopJan 15, 2009.
Savant Alaska, LLCExplorationBadami RedevelopmentJan 16, 2009.
BP Exploration Alaska, IncDevelopmentChallenge Is. well removalJan 15, 2009.
BP Exploration Alaska, IncExplorationWinter seismicJan 15, 2009.
Brooks Range Petroleum CorpExplorationEast ShoreJan 15, 2009.
Brooks Range Petroleum CorpExplorationWest ShoreJan 15, 2009.
Brooks Range Petroleum CorpExplorationUltraStarJan 15, 2009.
Anadarko Petroleum CoExplorationGubik, Chandler, Wolf CrFeb 3, 2009.
Kupik-Veritas DGC Land IncExplorationSOI 3D seismicFeb 4, 2009.
Kupik-Veritas DGC Land IncExplorationPoint Thomson 3D seismicFeb 4, 2009.
Eni U.S, Operating Co, IncDevelopmentNikaitchuqFeb 20, 2009.
ExxonMobil Production CoDevelopmentPoint ThomsonFeb 4, 2009.
Marsh Creek, LLCDevelopmentUmiat Test Well 9 RemediationFeb 24, 2009.
Marsh Creek, LLCDevelopmentAtigaru Point Test Well RemediationFeb 24, 2009.
UltraStar Exploration, LLCExplorationDewline DeepMar 26, 2009.
Alyeska Pipeline Service CoProductionTrans-Alaska PipelineMar 26, 2009.
Shell Offshore, IncExplorationScientific Data Device Deployment ProgramSept 3, 2009.

On June 11, 2008, we published in the Federal Register (73 FR 33212) a final rule establishing regulations that allow us to authorize the nonlethal, incidental, unintentional take of small numbers of polar bears and Pacific walrus during year-round oil and gas industry exploration activities in the Chukchi Sea and adjacent western coast of Alaska for 5 years from date of issuance of that rule. In accordance with that rule, section 101(a)(5)(A) of the MMPA, and our regulations at 50 CFR part 18, subpart I, we issued a letter of authorization (LOA) to the following companies in the Chukchi Sea.

Chukchi Sea, Letters of Authorization for 2009

CompanyActivityProjectDate issued
Shell Exploration and Production CoExplorationMarine Survey ProgramJuly 16, 2009.
ConocoPhillips Alaska, IncExplorationSite Clearance and Environmental Studies ProgramAug 6, 2009.
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Dated: November 6, 2009.

Geoffrey L. Haskett,

Regional Director, Alaska Region.

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[FR Doc. E9-29182 Filed 12-7-09; 8:45 am]

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