ExxonMobil Point Thomson Project

Point Thomson, located 60 miles east of Prudhoe Bay, is Alaska's largest undeveloped oil and gas field, holding an estimated 8 TCF of natural gas and 200 M barrels of gas liquids condensate. ExxonMobil’s Point Thomson development project is in its design and permitting phase with a Draft Environmental Impact Statement out for public review. If the proposal is approved, the natural resources in the Thomson Sand reservoir will be accessed via long-reach directional drilling from three onshore pads. Additionally five wells, a gravel mine, airstrip and ancillary facilities will be developed.

InterAct is helping to assess the many considerations involved in the project and its alternatives, including potential environmental and socioeconomic impacts and how to mitigate these. As the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is next to the reservoir, environmental considerations include the migration and habitat of wildlife such as polar bears, caribou, muskoxen, and arctic and red fox. Marine mammals of concern near the study area include the bowhead and beluga whale, and ringed and bearded seal.

InterAct’s Stephen Calder, a Senior Regulatory Specialist, is working as ExxonMobil’s federal permitting lead for the project, with approvals needed from the US Army Corps of Engineers, Fish and Wildlife Service, and Environmental Protection Agency, among others. He has played a key role in dozens of public workshops, explaining the project, its potential impacts, and mitigation measures designed to minimise these impacts.

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