U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Alaska State Office
|Release Date: 06/03/13|
|News Release No. 13-14|
BLM Requests Nominations and Comments for 2013 NPR-A Oil & Gas Lease Sale
ANCHORAGE, AK—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is calling for nominations and comments on available tracts to be considered for its scheduled November 2013 oil and gas lease sale in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska (NPR-A). This will be the third sale since President Obama directed the Department of the Interior to conduct annual oil and gas lease sales in the NPR-A.
The Call for Nominations and Comments, published in today’s Federal Register, announces a 45-day period in which interested parties may nominate or comment on available tracts. The notice is the first step in the process leading up to the next oil and gas lease sale, which is tentatively scheduled for November 2013. BLM-Alaska must receive all nominations and comments on these tracts for consideration on or before July 18, 2013.
“With the new Record of Decision for the NPR-A Integrated Activity Plan/ Environmental Impact Statement in place, there is new interest in leasing in the NPR-A,” said Bud C. Cribley, BLM-Alaska State Director. “This call for nominations and comments gives industry, conservation groups and other stakeholders the opportunity to provide input into which tracts should be included in or excluded from the sale.”
To select which tracts will be available for the oil and gas lease sale, the BLM-Alaska State Director will consider the results from the Call for Nominations and Comments, existing natural resource and environmental data, the location of existing leases, multiple use conflicts, resource potential, industry interest, and other available information.
There are 894 tracts on approximately 10.3 million acres that will be available for nomination and comment under this lease sale. Currently there are 191 authorized oil and gas leases totaling 1,534,626 acres in the NPR-A.
A map showing available areas is available on the BLM Alaska home page www.blm.gov/ak, and the BLM NPR-A Lease Sale Documents webpage: http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/prog/energy/oil_gas/npra/npr-a_lease_sales-maps.html.
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. 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. In Fiscal Year 2012, activities on public lands generated $4.6 billion in revenue, much of which was shared with the States where the activities occurred. In addition, public lands contributed more than $112 billion to the U.S. economy and helped support more than 500,000 jobs.
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|Last updated: 06-04-2013|
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