Oil & Gas Industry


ABR has served a variety of clients in the oil and gas industry in Alaska since 1979. Our teams of wildlife and fisheries biologists; vegetation, wetlands, and landscape ecologists; land rehabilitation and restoration experts; and NEPA practitioners have worked on virtually every major development on Alaska’s North Slope, from Pt. Thomson to the offshore prospects in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas. We also have conducted studies and provided expertise on threatened and endangered species in Cook Inlet and along proposed pipeline corridors in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. We recently completed 25 years of post-spill studies in Prince William Sound for both ExxonMobil and the EVOS Trustee Council following the Exxon Valdez oil spill.

Importantly, many of the scientists who conducted pioneering studies on North Slope caribou and tundra nesting birds in the 1980s and who developed state-of-the-art site rehabilitation strategies for disturbed sites in the oil fields in the 1990s still work at ABR. Our team also includes experts in new and emerging technologies, such as remote sensing and spatial analysis, thermal imaging and motion-sensitive cameras, radio and GPS telemetry, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and other automated data collection techniques. Our core of Senior Scientists has built its strong reputation based on rigorous and objective science, and our team now constitutes an unrivaled group of researchers and Subject Matter Experts for work on threatened and endangered species and environmental documentation for NEPA and permitting. ABR has worked collaboratively with the oil and gas industry; state, federal, and municipal resource agencies; and Alaska Native communities, and our ability to work successfully with diverse stakeholders provides exceptional value to our clients. Our record of involvement in long-term monitoring projects, our long list of returning clients (link), and our publication history (link) all are testaments to our leadership in environmental consulting for the oil and gas industry.

Our services include:

  • pre-development baseline surveys for wildlife, fish, vegetation, wetlands, habitat, and landscape-scale assessments (ecological land surveys)

  • mitigation planning and permitting services, including threatened and endangered species and subsistence resources

  • construction and post-development monitoring and impact assessments in terrestrial, freshwater, and marine environments

  • ecological restoration and land rehabilitation

  • long-term studies of ecosystem health and population monitoring of species of conservation concern (e.g., caribou)

ABR's triple bottom line: "Environmental stewardship, social responsibility, and economic viability"