BLM gives nod for ConocoPhillips's Alpine satellites plan

A ConocoPhillips plan to expand its western North Slope Alpine field satellites development in Alaska moved forward following a decision Aug. 31 by the US Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management.ConocoPhillips wants to develop five satellite oil reservoirs within the northeastern National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A) and in the Colville River Delta.BLM's final environmental impact statement added more environmental protections than ConocoPhillips initially proposed in deference to other stakeholders, including local residents and environmentalists.BLM said the final EIS includes the "agency-preferred alternative," which modified the company's original propos...

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