Bristol Bay Regional Planning: An Oil Industry Perspective

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by Anne L. Brown, Sohio Alaska Petroleum Co, Land Dep, Anchorage, AK, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '85

Abstract: The Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA) specified the preparation of a Bristol Bay Cooperative Management Plan (BBCMP) - a joint effort of the State of Alaska and the federal government. The plan is a body of land use recommendations, including a chapter of guidelines for various land use activities. The development of the BBCMP has been of great interest to the oil and gas industry for several reasons, but the most important include: the potential for the guidelines to unnecessarily restrict oil and gas activities; the knowledge that the BBCMP serves as a model for the development of the regional Coastal Management Plans; the designations of essential habitat areas; the closing of the tidelands for oil and gas leasing; the interaction of the BBCMP, with the State's consistency process.

Subject Headings: Coastal management | Bays | Wells (oil and gas) | Industries | Offshore platforms | Land use | Coastal processes | Offshore drilling | Soil pollution | Federal government | North America | Alaska | United States

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