A steady, reliable supply of energy from Alaska's resources would help Alaska’s economy, but is necessary to protect the miles of pristine onshore and offshore habitats, and diverse native communities.
With Alaska's long-term history of energy production, the state has worked - and continues to work - with industry and regulatory agencies to ensure strict standards and regulations are in place to protect the environment and Alaska citizens.
Delivering offshore energy to the American people is safer than ever as a result of industry’s leadership and continuous investments in safety.
Regulations and Standards
Federal agencies, such as the Department of Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) and the U.S. Coast Guard, oversee a complex series of permitting and oversight processes as part of federal regulations to ensure that companies have comprehensive plans in place to explore for and develop oil and natural gas resources.
Additionally, the State of Alaska agencies, such as the Department of Natural Resources and Department of Environmental Conservation oversee and enforce state regulations and procedures that companies must also adhere to for exploration and development.
Industry standards, such as those set by the American Petroleum Institute, set models for best practices that companies should follow to protect not only the environment and citizens, but also the safety of the workers.
Finally, energy companies have developed their own standards, operating procedures and equipment -- with some, going above and beyond existing standards and regulations -- to ensure they are being good stewards of the environment and communities with which they are working.
These rigorous standards and regulations, combined with planning, engineering, and trained personnel are the key to producing reliable energy with minimum risk to our environment.
Extensive resources have been devoted to safety, drawing on the best minds from the industry and government to build a multi-layer system, with many built-in redundancies to help prevent incidents, to intervene and stop a release that might occur, and to manage and clean up spills.