Notice of a Review of an Alaska Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, Preliminary Draft Individual Permit to Discharge to Waters of the U.S., Cook Inlet Energy, Sabre Oil and Gas Exploration Site

DEC has prepared an APDES Preliminary Draft Individual Permit, AK0053690 – Cook Inlet Energy, Sabre Oil and Gas Project (Permit). The Preliminary Draft Permit, Fact Sheet, and associated documents are available to the applicant for 10-day review. Following the close of the applicant review period, DEC will prepare a Draft Permit and Fact Sheet for a formal 30-day public review period. Public comments will be accepted during the formal 30-day review period. You can access the documents on DEC’s Wastewater Discharge Authorization Program webpage at:

Alaska DEC Contact:          
Gerry Brown
Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation
Division of Water - Wastewater Discharge Authorization Program
555 Cordova St
Anchorage, AK 99501
(907) 269-4874

Preliminary Draft Permit Review:
Start Date:      June 6, 2017
End Date:      June 20, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. Alaska Daylight Time
Permit No.: AK0053690

Cook Inlet Energy
Sabre Oil and Gas Exploration
601 W. 5th Avenue, Suite 310
Anchorage, AK  99501

Proposed Permit Coverage:
The Permit will authorize the discharge of water-based drilling fluids and drill cuttings and other ancillary discharges from a mobile offshore drilling unit (MODU) conducting oil and gas exploration in Cook Inlet at the Sabre site outside of the Trading Bay Game Refuge. The Permit is anticipated to be used during the 2018 drilling season and will be available for a five-year term unless terminated by the applicant sooner. 

The discharges of drilling fluids and drill cuttings and fluids, cuttings, and cement at the seafloor include the authorization of a 100 meter (m) radii, cylindrically-shaped mixing zone and a 25 m radii, cylindrically-shaped zone of deposit. Ancillary discharges of noncontact cooling water, fire control test water, and completion, treatment or test fluids that may include chemical additives are authorized a 100 m radii, cylindrically shaped mixing zone. The discharge of graywater is authorized to have a 35 m chronic and 17 m acute radii, cylindrically-shaped mixing zones.

Deadline for Written Applicant Review Comments:
The deadline for proposed final permit review comments by the applicant is

June 20, 2017, 5:00 p.m. Alaska Daylight Time.

Administrative Record:
The APDES Preliminary Draft Permit, Fact Sheet, and associated documents are available for public review at the DEC offices located in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, Wasilla, and Soldotna. Please contact the office of your choice to arrange for hard copies of the documents to be available for your review.

43335 Kalifornsky Beach Road, Suite #11
Soldotna, AK 99669

555 Cordova Street
Anchorage, AK 99501

410 Willoughby Ave #303
Juneau, AK 99811

If you would like further information or to see any additional supporting technical documents, contact the permit writer at the address shown on page 1.

The documents are also accessible from the DEC website at:

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Disability Reasonable Accommodation Notice
The State of Alaska, Department of Environmental Conservation complies with Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. If you are a person with a disability who may need a special accommodation in order to participate in this public process, please contact Natalie Wolfe at (907) 269-0291 or TDD Relay Service 1-800-770-8973/TTY or dial 711 within 10-days of publication of this notice to ensure that any necessary accommodations can be provided.

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Created 6/6/2017 3:56:52 PM by cfishwick


Department: Environmental Conservation
Category: Public Notices
Location(s): Statewide
Project/Regulation #:
Publish Date: 6/6/2017
Archive Date: 6/21/2017
  • Draft Permit Review Ends
    6/20/2017 5:00pm