first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Since September, Hilcorp has been conducting seismic surveys in the lower Cook Inlet area to gather geologic data. On Friday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released a modified permit that allows the company to explore for oil and gas after the sun sets. To learn more about Polarcus and past project, you can reference their website at Details on the seismic vessel, “Alima”, can be found here. The company received a release from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management of an environmental assessment ‘finding of no significant impact’. The bureau said the seismic survey, roughly 370 square miles, would have negligible effects on marine life and birds. Photos/Media provided by Hilcorp, Alaska Hilcorp has hired Polarcus to perform this work. Polarcus is pioneer in the marine seismic exploration industry, with a proven track record of responsibly operating without harm to the  environment.This survey is currently underway within the lower Cook Inlet, south of the Forelands and west to southwest of Homer. Hilcorp originally planned to start the project in April which would have allowed for completion in early summer. NOAA modified the permit on September 20 but didn’t announce it publicly until Friday. According to NOAA, this will allow Hilcorp to finish the project sooner than anticipated. Hilcorp will conduct the seismic survey over 8 lease blocks to determine the location of possible oil and gas prospects during the 2019 open‐water season.last_img