Oil Spill Response

  • Alaska Clean Seas.
  • North Slope Borough: An Oil Spill Workshop – NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration held the “North Slope Borough: An Oil Spill Workshop” for Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) & Environmental Response Management Application (ERMA®) on November 8 & 9, 2012 in Barrow, Alaska. The goal of this meeting was to discuss community involvement in spill response and natural resource damage assessment (NRDA) and restoration/recovery. Community concerns and recommendations collected at the workshop will be provided to the State of Alaska and the U.S. Coast Guard for their use in planning oil spill response in the region. The report findings will be used by NOAA and other agencies to establish priorities for NRDA and restoration. NOAA will also use the report to establish priorities for data to augment the Arctic Environmental Response Management Application (ERMA) Workshop Report.
  • Community Oil Spill Response in Bering and Anadyr Straits – Report from the workshop hosted by the Wildlife Conservation Society in Anchorage, Alaska, November 2013.

Shipping Activities and Impacts

More Oil and Gas Development Resources

Reports on impacts of oil and gas to NSB:

  • Braund, S.R. et al. 2009. Impacts and benefits of oil and gas development to Barrow, Nuiqsut, Wainwright and Atqasuk harvesters. Prepared for the North Slope Borough Department of Wildlife Management.
  • Dasher, D. et al. 2016. Offshore oil/gas wastewater study: 2014 Assessment of Simpson Lagoon. Report prepared for the Coastal Impact Assistance Program, US Fish and Wildlife Service and the US Department of the Interior. Additional funding provided by the North Slope Borough/Shell Baseline Studies Program.
  • Offshore Oil/Gas Study: 2014 Simpson Lagoon – In 2014 the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation and University of Alaska Fairbanks Institute of Marine Science partnered through the Alaska Monitoring and Assessment Program (AKMAP) to conduct a study of sediment and water quality in Simpson Lagoon and Gwydyr Bay. The survey objective was to obtain current information on trace metals and hydrocarbons in amphipods, mysids and sediment, and to assess several water quality parameters. This report provides study results and a comparison with a 1977 study of sediment trace metals. The Offshore Oil/Gas Simpson Lagoon website was updated with a new map and final report. All data is available to download or view through Alaska’s Water Quality Map.

Reports on oil spill prevention, response, etc.:

Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME):

Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the Effects of Oil and Gas Activities in the Arctic Ocean:

  • Being prepared by NOAA Fisheries, Office of Protected Resources. You can find more information at this website.

Fisheries Monitoring in the NPR-A:

  • Noel, L.E., L.J. Moulton, M.S. Whitman, and L. Bontrager. 2008. NPR-A Fisheries Monitoring Implementation Plan. Report prepared for U.S. Department of Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Arctic Field Office, Fairbanks, Alaska. This report provides an assessment of the effects of oil and gas activities on surface resources in the NPR-A and the subsistence use of those resources. It also includes an evaluation of the effectiveness of current mitigation measures and management policies.
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