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Up close: working with indigenous peoples in northern Alaska

In the vicinity of our Point Thomson Project in northern Alaska, we work with the local communities and government authorities to understand their concerns and avoid conflicts with their traditional lifestyle.

Through a comprehensive assessment and regular engagement, we have identified several areas of concern to the local people, and we have adopted corresponding measures to address these concerns. 

For example, the Kaktovik community – located 60 miles to the east of the Project – relies, in part, on hunting and fishing for its food supply. The 22-mile Point Thomson Export Pipeline runs through caribou habitat, which occurs in many locations throughout northern Alaska. Consequently, we designed the pipeline to be 7 feet high to minimize the deflection of caribou migration patterns. Additionally, we have applied a non-glare metallic coating on the outside of the pipeline to reduce visual effects to wildlife in the area. Through consultation with the residents of Kaktovik, we also designed the pipeline with thicker walls in certain areas to provide protection against accidental strikes from coastal hunters.