The Liberty Project Slogan

Through coordination with the communities in which we work and  rigorous adherence to safe operations, the partners of the Liberty Project will create the jobs of today while strengthening Alaska’s energy future.

Permitting

Northstar Facility

Safe and responsible energy development in the Beaufort Sea has been a reality for over 30 years. The Liberty Project will include past learnings from development, implement new technologies, and incorporate Traditional Knowledge from the North Slope communities to ensure coordination and best practice for development.  The Hilcorp Liberty Development and Production Plan (DPP) incorporated existing and recently compiled data as well as lessons learned from the initial Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). In fact, the submitted Plan for Liberty is based upon many of the previously approved EIS concepts. Those areas include but are not limited to: proposed island location, gravel island construction, method of construction, on-island drilling and processing facilities, and the pipeline route to the shore.

Hilcorp Alaska filed its DPP in December 2014, and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) deemed it “submitted” on Sept. 18, 2015, initiating a 60-day period for the public to review and comment on the DPP. BOEM then held scoping meetings in Fairbanks, Kaktovik, Nuiqsut, Barrow and Anchorage in November 2015. The public comment period was later extended to March 28, 2016.

Concurrent with the federal National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) review process, Hilcorp Alaska is working to complete additional federal, state and local permitting requirements necessary to construct the project.

Approximately 60 federal, state and local permitting and authorizations are required for the project implementation. Key participating agencies can be found here.

Permitting process and path forward

  • Partners in the Liberty Project include Hilcorp Alaska, LLC; BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc.; and ASRC Exploration, LLC.
  • The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has deemed the Liberty Development and Production Plan (DPP) complete. The DPP describes the subsurface depletion plan, all construction phases of the proposed project, important safety features and practices and provides an Environmental Impact Analysis (EIA) of the project.
  • The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review process will begin in July of 2017.
  • Concurrent with the NEPA review will be a parallel effort to prepare and submit additional federal, state, and local permit applications to seek approval to construct the project. Approximately 60 federal, state and local permits and authorizations are required for the project implementation.