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Final Decision to Issue an OCS/PSD Permit to Shell Gulf of Mexico Inc. for Exploratory Drilling Operations in the Chukchi Sea


On January 8, 2010, the Region 10 office of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requested public comment on a proposal to issue an Outer Continental Shelf (OCS)/Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) permit to Shell Gulf of Mexico, Inc. (Shell). The proposed permit would authorize Shell to conduct a multi-year exploratory oil and gas drilling program with the Frontier Discoverer drillship and support fleet on Shell's current leases in Lease Sale 193 on the Chukchi Sea outer continental shelf more than 25 miles beyond the State of Alaska's seaward boundary.

During the public comment period on the proposed permit, which ended on February 17, 2010, EPA received numerous written and oral comments regarding the project. EPA has carefully reviewed each of the comments submitted and, after consideration of the expressed view of all interested persons, the pertinent federal statues and regulations, and additional material relevant to the application and contained in the administrative record, EPA has made a decision in accordance with 40 CFR 52.21 and 40 CFR Part 55 to issue a final OCS/PSD permit to Shell.

The final permit, EPA's responses to the public comments, and additional supporting information are available online at http://yosemite.epa.gov/R10/airpage.nsf/Permits/chukchiap

Copies of the final permit and EPA's responses to the comments are also available upon request in writing, or by fax to:
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Air, Waste and Toxics (AWT-107)
Attn: Janis Hastings
1200 Sixth Avenue, Suite 900
Seattle, WA 98101-3140
Fax: 206-553-2955

Copies of the final permit and EPA's responses to the public comments are also available for inspection during normal business hours at the locations on the attached list.

Any person who filed comments on the proposed permit or participated in the public hearing may petition the Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) by May 3, 2010 to review any condition of the final permit. Others may petition for review only to the extent of the changes from the proposed to final permit. The petition must include a statement of the reasons for requesting review by the EAB including a demonstration that any issues being raised were raised during the public comment period (including any public hearing) and, when appropriate, a showing that the conditions in question are based on 1) a finding of fact or conclusion of law which is erroneous, or 2) an exercise of discretion or an important policy consideration which the EAB should, in its discretion, review. Any person who failed to file comments or failed to participate in the public hearing on the draft permit may petition for administrative review only to the extent of the changes from the proposed permit to the final permit decision. The petitions must be received at the EAB no later than May 3, 2010.

The address for the EAB depends on the method of delivery, as follows:

Method of Delivery
All documents that are sent through th eU.S. Postal Service (except by Express Mail)

Address for Petitions

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Clerk of the Board, Environmental Appeals Board
(MC 1103B)
Ariel Rios Building
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20460-0001

Method of Delivery
Documents that are hand-carried in person, delivered via courier, mailed by Express Mail, or delivered by a non-U.S. Postal Service carrier (e.g., Federal Express or UPS)

Address for Petitions

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Clerk of the Board, Environmental Appeals Board
Colorado Building
1341 G Street, N.W., Suite 600
Washington, D.C. 20005

IMPORTANT NOTE: Documents that are sent to the EAB's hand-delivery address through the U.S. Postal Service (except by Express Mail) will be returned to the sender and shall not be considered as filed.

Please see 40 CFR 124.19 and visit http://www.epa.gov/eab/ for more information regarding the procedure for appeals to the EAB, including instructions for electronic filing.
Please bring this announcement to the attention of all persons who you know would be interested in this matter.

*** END OF ANNOUNCEMENT ***

Issued March 31, 2010

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