NMFS has received a request from Hilcorp Alaska LLC for authorization to take marine mammals incidental to oil and gas activities in Cook Inlet, Alaska, over the course of five years (2019–2024). As required by the Marine Mammal Protection Act, NMFS is proposing regulations to govern that take, and requests comments on the proposed regulations. Comments and information must be received no later than May 1, 2019. NMFS’ Federal register notice of this action does not discuss an Alaskan court’s recent decision against Arctic offshore oil and gas.
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