ANWR 1002 Area Exploration Plan

Congress has directed the Secretary of the Interior to approve 1002 Area exploration plans that meet the requirements of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA) and its associated regulations.

On July 9, 2013, the State of Alaska submitted an Exploration Plan and Special Use Permit Application under ANILCA Section 1002(e) to the U.S. Department of the Interior.

The State is seeking to lead a state-of-the-art evaluation of the petroluem resources of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge's 1002 Area, which Congress set aside for the study of its oil and gas potential. The 1002 Area is thought to be one of the most prolific regions for undiscovered oil in America.

To better define the 1002 Area's hydrocarbon potential, the State would conduct three-dimensional seismic surveys from 2014 to 2017. The federal government continues to rely on limited, two-dimensional seismic data collected in the 1980s to estimate the oil and gas resources of the 1002 Area, despite major technological advances.

The state's seismic surveys would be conducted during the winter months, with very limited impact to tundra, fish and wildlife.

In a letter, Governor Parnell told Interior Secretary Sally Jewell that he will seek support from the Alaska Legislature during its 2014 session to fund the 3-D seismic program.