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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Alaska State Office
 
Release Date: 10/04/12
Contacts: KJ Mushovic, 907-271-3322, kjmushovic@blm.gov    
  Thom Jennings, 907-271-3335, tjenning@blm.gov    
News Release No. 12-20

NPR-A Detailed Statement of Sale Available for Nov. 7 Oil and Gas Lease Sale


Anchorage—Today the Bureau of Land Management announced a Detailed Statement of Sale in the Federal Register for the Nov. 7, 2012, National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska (NPR-A) oil and gas lease sale.  The statement is available at http://www.blm.gov/ak.  The BLM will open sealed bids for the lease sale on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 1 p.m. in the Anchorage Federal Office Building, Denali Room (4th floor), 222 W 7th Ave.  Sealed bids must be received by 4:00 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, at the BLM-Alaska State Office.
 
The BLM will offer 400 tracts comprising approximately 4.5 million acres in this sale.  There are currently 177 authorized oil and gas leases totaling about 1,374,583 acres within the Northeast and Northwest planning areas of the NPR-A.
 
The BLM sought public input on tract nominations from lands in the NPR-A planning areas that are not currently leased or deferred from leasing and selected the tracts based on evaluation of comments received, natural resource information, resource potential, industry interest, and subsistence values.  The comment period ran from May 15 through June 29.


The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2011, recreational and other activities on BLM-managed land contributed more than $130 billion to the U.S. economy and supported more than 600,000 American jobs. The Bureau is also one of a handful of agencies that collects more revenue than it spends. In FY 2012, nearly $5.7 billion will be generated on lands managed by the BLM, which operates on a $1.1 billion budget. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.
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