Who: Alaska Chamber Members
What: Testify to BLM (Bureau of Land Management)
Why: Support proposed Greater Mooses Tooth Oil & Gas Development in NPR-A
When & Where:
Thursday, March 20, 6 p.m.
Campbell Creek Science Center
An open house will be held at each location from 4-6 p.m.
The Alaska Chamber supports responsible development of Alaska's natural resources. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has scheduled public hearings this month to gather comments on the proposed Greater Mooses Tooth Unit 1 (GMT1) oil and gas development project in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A). Hearings will be held in Fairbanks and Anchorage this week.
The BLM released a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (DSEIS) for the proposed project last month, launching a public comment period, which ends on Tuesday, April 22. In July 2013, ConocoPhillips, Alaska, Inc. (CPAI) submitted an application to construct a drill site, pipelines, road and other facilities to support development of petroleum resources within the Greater Mooses Tooth (GMT) Unit.
The project is approximately 14 miles west of the CPAI-operated Alpine field. The GMT1 drill site would be operated and maintained by Alpine staff and supported by existing Alpine infrastructure. The project would include construction of an 11.8-acre drill pad, an 8-mile access road, above-ground elevated pipelines, and an electric power line connecting the GMT1 drill pad to CPAI's CD-5 drill pad currently under development. The GMT1 pad would have a capacity for up to 33 production wells, including several injection wells, and be located on a federal oil and gas lease previously issued by BLM.
Since this project was approved in 2004, the BLM has prepared a draft supplement to the ASDP to evaluate any relevant new circumstances and information which have arisen since 2004. The draft plan is available on the BLM website at http://www.blm.gov/ak/GMTU1.
How: Use the following talking points as you craft your testimony.
Peak production from GMT1 is estimated at 30,000 BOPD and would help offset declining North Slope production.
Development would provide benefits to local, state, and national economies through local hire for jobs created during construction and operations, tax revenues, royalties, and new resources to help meet U.S. domestic energy demand.
Development will also provide significant economic benefit to Alaska Natives on the North Slope as well as throughout the state through direct payment of royalties and revenue sharing among the Alaska Native Regional Corporations.
Alternative A is the Preferred Alternative
Road needed for emergency spill and safety response
Environmental/Subsistence issues are minimized with a road
This project was previously approved
The currently proposed GMT1 project (formerly CD6) is essentially the same as that approved for permitting in the 2004 ASDP Record of Decision.
A review of new data and information shows there are no appreciable changes in the physical, biological, or social resources associated with the project study area. New data includes multi-year studies on hydrology, birds, and caribou.
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