Owl Ridge conducted the permitting and regulatory support for a complex exploration project, 120 miles from infrastructure on Alaska’s North Slope. The project required construction of 120 miles of ice road, an ice island, and 5,000-ft ice airstrip in Smith Bay, and complex logistics for the movement and storage of equipment and fuel. The project required numerous permits, authorizations, and supporting documents from federal, state, and local agencies as well as coordination with tribal entities and private landowners. Examples of the complex permitting regime included Incidental Harassment Authorizations (IHA), Subsistence Plan of Cooperation (POC), and Letter of Authorization (LOA) for operating in habitat used by endangered species
Borealis’ Castle oil and gas prospect is in the National Petroleum Reserve – Alaska. Owl Ridge was retained by Borealis to obtain field data to support a winter exploration program including well staking, winter access, water sources, and a cultural resources survey. Owl Ridge personnel staked well locations, delineated ice roads, conducted volumetric measurements, and investigated fish species presence at lakes selected as potential winter water sources. The cultural survey and topographic survey of each well was conducted by subcontractors under the supervision of Owl Ridge. Additionally, Owl Ridge secured the necessary land entry authorizations and logistics needed to complete the work.