US Legal Regimes

The chapter Canadian Laws and Regulations concerning Oil and Gas Operations from the assessment Oil and Gas Activities in the Arctic-Effects and Potential Effects: 

Canadian Laws and Regulations concerning Oil and Gas Operations - AMAP´s OGA (pdf - 67MB) 
Canadian Laws and Regulations concerning Oil and Gas Operations - From AMAP´s OGA (Word - 88KB)

Federal Statutes and Executive Orders

Outer Continental Lands Act (OCSLA)

National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)

Endangered Species Act (ESA)

Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA)

Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA)

Oil Pollution Act (OPA)

Clean Air Act (CAA)

Clean Water Act (CWA)

National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA)

Fishery Conservation and Management Act (FCMA)

Executive Order 12114: Environmental Effects Abroad

Executive Order 12898: Environmental Justice

Executive Order 13007: Indian Sacred Sites

Executive Order 13089: Coral Reef Protection

Executive Order 13580: Arctic Interagency Working Group on Resource Permitting

Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)

Resource Conservation Recovery Act (RCRA)

Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act

Migratory Bird Treaty Act

Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act

Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act of 1972

Executive Order 13175 on Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments

Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970

Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899

Energy Policy Act of 2005

Federal Regulations and Standards

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Laws & Regulations

Regulations, Administrative, and Policy Materials


National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Protected Resources Division: Permits and authorizations are required under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) to conduct activities that may result in the "taking" of a protected species.

Marine Mammal Authorization Program (MMAP)

Marine Mammal Authorization Program for incidental take of marine mammals by commercial fishermen

MMAP Authorization Certificate and 2011 Letter to Permit Holders

Mortality/Injury Reporting Form

Permits or Authorizations for Marine Mammal Takes

Review Pending Applications and Select Permits

Federal Register Notices of issued or extended permits

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Occupational Safety and Health Regulations (Standards - 29 CFR)

General Industry Occupational Safety and Health Standards (29 CFR 1910) related to oil and gas well drilling and servicing

Cooperation of OSHA and the USCG in data exchange, standards research and development. Memorandum of Understanding, (1979, December 19).

Bureau of Labor Statistics BLS Safety and Health Statistics Home Page

Keyword Search of Available BLS Injury/Illness and Fatality Data, and Publications

FedStats provides information for Federal agencies that are listed in Statistical Programs of The United States Government and reporting expenditures of at least $500,000 per year in one or more statistical activities including:

Environmental Protection Agency 

Water Quality Standards

Alaska Water Quality Standards Program

Fish and Wildlife Service

73 FR 33212 (pdf) regulations authorizing the non-lethal, incidental take of small numbers of Pacific walruses and polar bears associated with oil and gas exploration activities in the Chukchi Sea and adjacent coast of Alaska in effect through June 11, 2013

Chukchi Sea ITR EA (pdf) Environmental Assessment.

Chukchi Sea ITR BO for Polar Bear (pdf) A Programmatic Biological Opinion For Polar Bears regarding Chukchi Sea Incidental Take Regulations

76 FR 47010 regulations authorizing the non-lethal, incidental take of small numbers of polar bears and Pacific walruses during year-round oil and gas operations in the Beaufort Sea and adjacent northern coast of Alaska. This rule will be in effect through August 3, 2016.

Beaufort Sea ITR BO (pdf). A Programmatic Biological Opinion For Polar Bears ( Ursus maritimus ) , Polar Bear Critical Habitat and Conference Opinion for the Pacific Walrus ( Odobenus rosmarus divergens ) on Beaufort Sea Incidental Take Regulations is available here

Beaufort Sea ITR EA. Environmental Impact Assessment

Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement BSEE Alaska

Laws, Regulations, and Notices

Notice to Lessees NTL's clarify, describe, or interpret offshore regulations or standards. NTL's also may provide guidelines on special lease stipulations, explain the BOEM/BSEE's interpretation of requirements, or transmit administrative information.

       Headquarters Notice to Lessees

       Alaska Region Notice to Lessees (NTL's) –


Shallow Drilling Hazards

Pipeline Right-of-Way

Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA)

     Additional Info About OCSLA

     Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act - Full text from the Cornell Law School Legal Information Institute.

Environmental Statutes and Executive Orders –

OPA 90(Oil Spill Financial Responsibility (OSFR) for Offshore Facilities)

Implementing the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90)

Energy Policy Act of 2005

Letters of Agreement, Memorandums of Agreement, Memorandums of Understanding - Agreements between the BSEE/BOEM and other federal, state, or local organizations.

Letter of Agreement between the Minerals Management Service Alaska OCS Region and the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation Regarding Pollution Prevention and Response Preparedness for Oil & Gas Facilities on Alaska Submerged Lands 

Memorandum of Agreement between the Minerals Management Service and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Alaska District

Memorandum of Understanding between the Department of Transportation and the Department of the Interior Regarding Outer Continental Pipelines

Memorandum of Understanding between the Native Village of Kaktovik and the Minerals Management Service Alaska OCS Region

Memorandum of Understanding between Minerals Management Service and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Alaska District and BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. regarding Permit Evaluation National Environmental Policy Act Process for the Liberty Development Project

Intra-Agency Agreement between U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management and Minerals Management Service for Implementation of the North Slope Science Initiative

Offshore Federal Register Notice

Federal Register publications - Notices, Advance Notices of Proposed Rulemaking, Notices of Proposed Rulemaking, and Final Rules for Offshore operations.

Electronic Code of Federal Regulations

Electronic Federal Register                

Electronic United States Code

State of Alaska

Alaska Department of Natural Resources 

Oil and Gas Statutes

Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission AOGCC Statutes/Regulations


Aquifer Exemption Orders

Area Injection Orders

Conservation Orders

Disposal Injection Orders

Enhanced Recovery Injection Orders

Storage Injection Orders

Commission Orders

Alaska Statutes

Alaska Oil and Conservation Act: Title 31.05 
   Alaska Administrative Code: Legislative Site Title 20 - CHAPTER 25

  1. Drilling (20 AAC 25.005 – 20 AAC 25.080)
  2. Abandonment and Plugging (20 AAC 25.105 – 20 AAC 25.172)
  3. Production Practices (20 AAC 25.200 – 20 AAC 25.290)
  4. Reports (20 AAC 25.300 – 20 AAC 25.320)
  5. Enhanced Recovery (20 AAC 25.400 – 20 AAC 25.460)
  6. General Provisions (20 AAC 25.505 – 20 AAC 25.630)
  7. Geothermal Resources (20 AAC 25.705 - 20 AAC 25.740)
  8. Definitions (20 AAC 25.990)

Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation

Spill Prevention and Response Statutes

Oil and Other Hazardous Substances Pollution Control

Title 18 Alaska Administrative Code 75 75.005--75.990. Amended October 28, 2000.

Alaska Department of Public Safety

Division of Fire and Life Safety

Alaska Adopted Codes
Fire and Life Safety Regulations

Alaska Department of Revenue

PPT Regulations Oil and Gas Properties Production Tax.

Stranded Gas Development Act

Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development

Occupational Safety and Health Standards-Petroleum Drilling and Production Standards

Alaska Occupational Safety and Health Administrative Code (ACC) - Title 8, Part 4, Occupational Safety and Health Division

Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Habitat Regulations

Special Areas
Fish Habitat