Media Contact: Thomas Mullen
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MAY 24, 2016
LOS ANGELES - SmartComment is helping manage public comments for the environmental review of an oil discovery on Alaska's North Slope that could be the state's biggest in years.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is preparing an environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Nanushuk Project, a joint venture between Spanish oil company Repsol and Denver-based Armstrong Oil and Gas that could yield up to 120,000 barrels per day. To ensure transparency and accessibility throughout the environmental process, the project's third-party consultants at DOWL are using SmartComment to accept, store, and manage input from citizens and other stakeholders related to the project.
"In any sensitive environmental matter, it's crucial that the public be given every opportunity to have their voices heard, and that their input is handled with the highest levels of security and diligence," said Tim Mullen, co-founder of SmartComment Software. "We applaud any effort to improve how citizen input is heard and handled during the environmental review process, and look forward to our role in conveying the truest picture of public sentiment regarding this project."
In addition to written comments and emails, residents and other public entities will be able to submit electronic comments on Nanushuk through a website set up specifically for the project. All comments are made available to environmental review staff, who can then organize them by topic and location, and analyze them with graphs and charts to get a full picture of public opinion regarding the project.
California-based SmartComment Software has worked on numerous high-profile environmental-review projects, including the proposed $5.4 billion extension of the 710 Freeway in Los Angeles. It also handles comment periods for a number of ongoing clients, including the entire Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality.