US Interior Department OKs Hilcorp Project Offshore Alaska

The U.S. Department of the Interior on Oct. 24 gave conditional approval to privately-held Hilcorp Energy Co.’s long-awaited oil and gas production facility in federal waters off Alaska.

Hilcorp is seeking to build a nine-acre artificial gravel island in shallow waters of the Beaufort Sea.

“Using input from North Slope communities, tribal organizations and the public, we have developed a robust set of environmental mitigation measures and safety practices that will be applied to this project,” Joe Balash, the Department of the Interior’s Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management, said in a statement.