Owl Ridge staff have been involved with Doyon oil and gas projects for more than 10 years by providing regulatory compliance, land use planning, and permitting strategy, and application support. To date, Owl Ridge has prepared permit applications and compliance guidance for two seismic surveys and drilling two exploration wells in the Nenana Basin, west of Nenana, Alaska (2014 and 2016). Owl Ridge is also supporting permit applications and project planning for a proposed 2018 drilling program north of Nenana. Project complexities include stream bank modifications and dredging in an anadromous stream, wetlands evaluation, overland routing studies and trail development, winter water crossing, on-water mobilization, that required close coordination with Doyon logistics and engineering, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, and Alaska Department of Natural Resources. Owl Ridge provided compliance reporting for the seismic surveys and drilling programs.
Mobilization for the 2014 and 2016 drilling programs required use of an ice-grounded bridge structure across the Nenana River, mobilization of the drill rig and equipment during open water via barge on the Nenana River. The 2018 program is planned to be mobilized via barge and support vessels on the Tanana River, approximately 20 miles downriver from the city of Nenana. Land ownership considerations for the seismic surveys and drilling programs included Native Allotment, Native Village. and Regional Native Corporation, City of Nenana, State Game Refuge, Mental Health Trust lands, and State of Alaska lands.
Owl Ridge support for Doyon has included:
- Permitting Strategy
- Permit Application and Agency Coordination
- Permit Compliance and Reporting
- Land Use Planning
- Development of Oil Discharge Prevention and Contingency Plan (ODPCP) and Amendments
- Material Site Evaluations
- Environmental Studies
- Wetland Surveys
- Archaeological Surveys and Investigations
- Bird Surveys
- Lake Fish Surveys