<![CDATA[ BLM Alaska News Release Feed ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/rss/newsreleases/ak.html BLM Alaska News Releases en-us Thu, 4 Feb 2016 15:20:24 -0700 News AK_AKSO_Public_Room@blm.gov (Alaska Info) <![CDATA[ BLM Alaska Hosts "Sled Dog Tales" (1-13-2016) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/january/1-13-2016_Sled_Dog_Tales.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/january/1-13-2016_Sled_Dog_Tales.html Thu, 4 Feb 2016 15:20:24 -0700

ANCHORAGE -- Sled dogs from around Alaska and the world will be “tweeting” on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 9-11 a.m., Alaska Standard Time,as part of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Alaska’s 2016 tweetchat, #blmiditachat.  ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM Invites Public Comment on Constantine Metal Resources Ltd.?s New Mining Plan of Operations (11/30/2015) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/november/BLM_Invites_Public_Comment_Constantine_Metal_ResourcesLtd_New_Mining_PO_11302015.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/november/BLM_Invites_Public_Comment_Constantine_Metal_ResourcesLtd_New_Mining_PO_11302015.html Mon, 30 Nov 2015 18:17:59 -0700 GLENNALLEN, Alaska — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Glennallen Field Office today announced that it has opened a public review and comment period to inform the BLM analysis for Constantine Metal Resources Ltd.’s (Constantine) proposed plan of operations to extend exploration and access to federal mining claims located near Haines, Alaska. ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM Artist in Residence to Display Art Inspired by White Mountains (11/27/2015) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/november/BLM_Artist_in_Residence_White_Mtns_show.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/november/BLM_Artist_in_Residence_White_Mtns_show.html Fri, 27 Nov 2015 15:11:46 -0700 Bureau of Land Management Artist in Residence Deb Horner will share her White Mountains experiences and art at a public presentation hosted by the Alaska Public Lands Information Center on Dec. 2 at the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center in Fairbanks. The event starts at 6 p.m.

Horner spent a week in the White Mountains National Recreation Area in early April 2015. Her return to locations she first visited as a musher in the 1990s evoked not only memories but a fresh view at the landscape.
“When I was running dogs, most of my attention was focused on the team – whether they were behaving (or not), tricky spots in the trail, and maneuvering the sled.” Horner said. “I could rarely just gape at my surroundings, much less stop and fully absorb them. My ‘new eyes’ as an artist allowed me to stop, look, and listen and to think about everything in terms of colors. I saw so much more going slowly.”
Horner is a watercolorist who has long been active in the Fairbanks Watercolor Society. Her work has appeared in several exhibits and galleries in Fairbanks. In 2012 Horner participated in the first Coal Creek Camp art workshop hosted by the National Park Service in Yukon – Charley Rivers National Preserve.
The BLM’s Artist in Residence program is open to emerging or established artists working in nearly any media, including painting, printmaking, photography, writing and music. The application period for the 2016 winter program in the White Mountains runs from Dec. 4 through Jan. 15. The summer program, which takes place in the Fortymile/Eagle area, will open for applications in April. Artists are expected to donate the use of a piece of their work inspired by their residency to help promote public lands.
For more information about the upcoming presentation or applying for next years opportunities, contact Collin Cogley at ccogley@blm.gov or 907-474-2382.
<![CDATA[ BLM Alaska RAC meeting in Anchorage December 1-2 (11/24/2015) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/november/BLM_Alaska_RAC_meeting_in_Anchorage_December_1-2.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/november/BLM_Alaska_RAC_meeting_in_Anchorage_December_1-2.html Tue, 24 Nov 2015 18:43:22 -0700 ANCHORAGE – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Alaska Resource Advisory Council (RAC) will meet at the Office of Aviation Services located at 4405 Lear Court, Anchorage, Alaska.  The meeting starts at 8:30 a.m. on both December 1 & 2 in training room #109. The council will accept comments from the public on Tuesday, December 1 from 3-4 p.m. Depending on the number of people wishing to comment, time for individual oral comments may be limited. Please be prepared to submit written comments if necessary.
The BLM RACs provide a forum that brings together stakeholders with diverse (and often competing) interests to address both emerging and long-standing challenges associated with the multiple-use mission of managing public lands. The RAC demonstrates that consensus-driven recommendations and collaborative efforts enjoy a high level of public support and lead to sustainable outcomes that benefit Alaska’s natural resources. RAC meetings are open to the public. 
The agenda will include discussion regarding Regional Mitigation Strategy in the Northeast National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska (NPR-A), placer mining reclamation, an update on the Alaska land transfer program, an update on permitted oil production in the NPR-A, and other topics of interest to the RAC. A complete agenda will be available on the RAC web page by November 24, 2015. To learn more about the BLM-Alaska RAC, please visit http://blm.gov/ak/rac
<![CDATA[ National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska Oil and Gas Lease Sale Generates $788,680 (11/18/2015) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/november/NPR-A_Oil_and_Gas_Lease_Sale_Generates_788680dollars_11182015.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/november/NPR-A_Oil_and_Gas_Lease_Sale_Generates_788680dollars_11182015.html Wed, 18 Nov 2015 16:31:31 -0700 Anchorage — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today generated $788,680 at an oil and gas lease sale from the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska (NPR-A). The State of Alaska will receive 50 percent of the bid receipts, or $394,340.

“Today’s sale advances the Administration’s strategy to enhance U.S. energy security by increasing safe and responsible domestic oil production,” said BLM Alaska State Director Bud Cribley. “BLM takes a balanced approach to energy development in the NPR-A to protect habitat that’s critically important to Alaska Native subsistence and to our nation’s conservation heritage.”

The sale offered 143 tracts comprising about 1.4 million acres. One company, ConocoPhillips Alaska, Inc., submitted six bids for the right to develop oil and gas lease tracts in the reserve.

In 2011, President Obama directed the Secretary of the Interior to conduct annual oil and gas lease sales in the NPR-A. Lease sales had previously been held every two years. Today’s sale is the eleventh since 1999. Total bids received for the 10 prior sales equal more than $261 million. Currently, 210 leases cover 1.7 million acres in the NPR-A. Tracts available for lease are consistent with the NPR-A Integrated Activity Plan and the Record of Decision signed in February 2013.

The highest bid of $199,706 or $31.91 per acre, was offered today for tract 2015-H-165.

A map and table with complete sale results by tract appear on the BLM Alaska website at: www.blm.gov/ak.

Last month, the BLM approved the first production well from federal lands in the NPR-A, granting a drilling permit and offering a right-of-way grant for the Greater Mooses Tooth Unit development project, which would facilitate production and transportation of oil to the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Nearly the size of Indiana, the NPR-A, located on Alaska’s North Slope, is the largest single block of federally managed land in the United States. By law, the BLM administers the NPR-A for the purposes of oil and gas development along with protection of areas containing significant subsistence, recreational, fish and wildlife or historical or scenic value. The Naval Petroleum Reserves Production Act of 1976 as amended, which transferred the NPR-A from the Navy to the Department of the Interior, mandates protection of these special areas while also providing for expeditious development of oil and gas resources. ]]>
<![CDATA[ BLM-Alaska Announces New Resource Advisory Council Appointments (11/03/2015) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/november/BLM-AK_Announces_New_RAC_Appointments_11032015.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/november/BLM-AK_Announces_New_RAC_Appointments_11032015.html Tue, 3 Nov 2015 11:12:50 -0700 ANCHORAGE – Six Alaskans have been appointed to fill vacancies on the 15-member Bureau of Land Management Alaska Resource Advisory Council (RAC), which advises the BLM on public land management issues.

The BLM’s Resource Advisory Councils, composed of citizens chosen for their knowledge of natural resource issues, help the Bureau carry out its stewardship of 245 million acres of public lands. Each are appointed by the Secretary of the Interior.

Stanley Foo of Eagle River and Gary Morrison of Wrangell were appointed as representatives of Energy and Mineral interests. Pollack (PJ) Simon, Jr. of Allakaket will represent Environmental Organization interests and Mark Billingsley of Fairbanks will represent Dispersed Recreation. Brennan Cain of Anchorage will represent Alaska Native interests and John Hopson, Jr., the Mayor of Wainwright, will represent Elected Government Officials. All six appointee’s terms commenced on October 2, 2015 and will continue for three years.

Vacancies occur every year, and anyone interested in providing feedback to the BLM on public lands and natural resource management is encouraged to apply. Nomination opportunities will be announced in the spring of 2016 when the BLM in Alaska will seek two volunteers to represent commercial outdoor recreation, off-highway vehicle users, energy and mineral development or transportation and rights-of-way activities.

There will also be two openings for candidates that wish to represent recognized environmental organizations, dispersed recreational activities, or archaeological and historical interests. Finally, one individual will be sought to represent State or local elected office, a State of Alaska department managing natural resources, Alaska Native groups or organizations, academicians in natural sciences or resource management, or the public-at-large.

For more information about the BLM-Alaska RAC and its meetings, go to http://www.blm.gov/ak/rac. ]]>
<![CDATA[ BLM Approves First Federal Production Well in the National Petroleum Reserve (10/22/2015) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/october/BLM_Approves_1st_Federal_Production_Well_in_NPR-A_10222015.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/october/BLM_Approves_1st_Federal_Production_Well_in_NPR-A_10222015.html Thu, 22 Oct 2015 13:49:51 -0600 Read the News Release here: http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/october/nr_10_22_2015.html ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM Seeks Comment on Draft Update to Measurement Standards for Gas Produced on Public Lands (10/2/2015) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/october/10-2-2015_Comment_on_Draft_Update_to_Measurement_Standards_for_Gas_Produced_on_Public_Lands.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/october/10-2-2015_Comment_on_Draft_Update_to_Measurement_Standards_for_Gas_Produced_on_Public_Lands.html Fri, 2 Oct 2015 15:46:17 -0600 Revised Standards Ensure Accurate Measurement of Gas and Proper Royalties
WASHINGTON – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released a proposed rule today to update and replace its regulations governing the measurement of natural gas produced from onshore Federal and Indian leases.  The requirements contained in the proposed rule reflect advances in measurement technology and critical updates in industry standards and practices.  It also responds directly to concerns from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the Department of the Interior’s Office of Inspector General, and Secretary’s Subcommittee on Royalty Management, that the BLM’s existing rules do not provide adequate assurance that gas production on public and Indian lands is being accounted for in a way that ensures that all royalties are accurately tracked and paid.  These concerns have contributed to the Department’s inclusion on the GAO’s High Risk List.
The proposed rule has been sent to the Federal Register and public comment is being sought for 60 days following publication in the Federal Register.
“The proposed rule represents the last piece of the BLM’s effort to modernize its oil and gas measurement rules,” said Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management Janice M. Schneider. “Just like the proposed updates to BLM’s oil measurement rules, this proposal addresses longstanding concerns about the adequacy of existing rules and will be critically important to ensuring proper measurement so that American taxpayers, Indian tribes and allottees, and States and local governments receive the full royalties they are due.”
The proposed rule would replace Onshore Oil and Gas Order No. 5 (Order 5), which sets minimum standards for the measurement of gas.  Order 5 has not been updated since 1989, and does not reflect modern industry practices or standards.  
“This proposed rule keeps pace with changing industry technology, practices, and standards in order to ensure that natural gas resources from public and Indian lands are measured accurately and fairly,” said BLM Director Neil Kornze.  “These updated standards are long overdue and will ultimately benefit industry, tribes, and the American public.”
Specifically, the proposed rule would:
·         Incorporate proven industry standards developed by gas measurement experts from industry and the BLM. 
·         Increase BLM’s ability to account for the gas produced by ensuring that higher volume facilities, where erroneous measurement can have large financial implications, have more frequent equipment inspections and heating value determinations (or Btu content) and higher measurement accuracy in order to ensure produced gas is being properly accounted for and facilities are operating properly.
·         Require operators of the highest volume facilities to use updated measurement tools including electronic gas measurement systems, while making allowance for lower volume facilities to continue using existing technology.
·         Update regulations governing assessments and civil penalties to ensure those measures are aligned with the true cost of developing and overseeing a modern oil and gas well.
Publication of the proposed rule is the next step in a process that the BLM began in 2011 with tribal consultation meetings and continued in 2013 with public listening sessions.  The tribal consultation meetings were held in Oklahoma City, OK, Farmington, NM, and Billings, MT.
The listening sessions were held in Washington D.C., and attracted representatives from Indian tribes, the Federal government, and the oil and gas industry in person and via the Internet.  
The BLM's oil and gas management program is one of the most important mineral leasing programs in the Federal government.  The total value ofannual production is over $33 billion, which generates more than $3 billion in royalty revenue each year from oil and gas leasing activities onfederal lands (most of which is shared with state and local governments) and more than $1 billion in royalty revenue from activities on tribal lands (all of which goes to tribes or individual allotees).
The proposed rule that would replace Onshore Order 5 may be viewed online at www.blm.gov .
The BLM encourages the public to participate in the rulemaking process by submitting comments on the proposed rule 60 days following publication in the Federal Register through one of the following methods:
·         Federal eRulemaking Portal:  http://www.regulations.gov.  Follow the instructions at this Web site.
·         Mail: U.S. Department of the Interior, Director (630), Bureau of Land Management, Mail Stop 2134 LM, 1849 C Street NW, Washington, DC 20240 Attention: Regulatory Affairs.

·         Personal/messenger delivery: Bureau of Land Management, 20 M. Street SE, Room 2134 LM, Attention: Regulatory Affairs, Washington, DC 20003. ]]> <![CDATA[ Interactive Mountain Bike Maps (10/2/2015) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/october/10-2-2015_Interactive_Mountain_Bike_Maps.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/october/10-2-2015_Interactive_Mountain_Bike_Maps.html Fri, 2 Oct 2015 10:10:45 -0600

Today, Bureau of Land Management Director Neil Kornze attended one of the nation’s most important mountain bike events to introduce a new access tool for trail riders all across the country.  Developed by the BLM, in partnership with the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) and the MTB Project, the mobile-friendly online tool features interactive maps for 20 of the nation’s most popular trails on public lands.  The maps can be accessed at www.blm.gov/mountainbike. ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM to Implement Adjusted Drilling Permit Fee on Oct. 1 (9-30-2015) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/september/9_30_2015_BLM_to_Implement_Adjusted_Drilling_Permit_Fee_on_Oct__1.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/september/9_30_2015_BLM_to_Implement_Adjusted_Drilling_Permit_Fee_on_Oct__1.html Wed, 30 Sep 2015 18:56:40 -0600

On October 1, 2015, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will implement an updated fee amount for the processing of Applications for Permit to Drill (APDs). The updated APD fee of $9,500 was set by Congress in the Fiscal Year 2015 National Defense Authorization Act, and replaces the $6,500 processing fee that had been in place previously. ]]>