NMFS Reopens comment Period on Proposed Rules for Liberty Drilling and Production Island, Beaufort Sea, Alaska

The U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service has reopened the public comment period on NMFS’ proposed rule under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) to authorize the taking of marine mammals, by mortality, serious injury, Level A harassment, and Level B harassment, incidental to the construction and operation of the Liberty Drilling and Production Island, Beaufort Sea, Alaska.

The comment period for the proposed rule that published on May 29, 2019 closed on June 28, 2019. NMFS is reopening the public comment period until July 31, 2019, to provide the public with additional time to submit information and to comment on this proposed rule.

Written comments on the proposed rule must be received by July 31, 2019. Comments received between the close of the first comment period on

June 28, 2019 (84 FR 24926), and the reopening of the comment period on July 9, 2019 will be considered timely received.

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