<![CDATA[ BLM Alaska News Release Feed ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/rss/newsreleases/ak.html BLM Alaska News Releases en-us Thu, 23 Apr 2015 13:07:40 -0600 All Rights belong to the BLM News AK_AKSO_Public_Room@blm.gov (Alaska Info) <![CDATA[ BLM Extends Comment Period for Bering Sea-Western Interior Land Use Plan (4/22/2015) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/april/4-22-2015_BLM_Extends_Comment_Period_for_Bering_Sea-Western_Interior_Land_Use_Plan.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/april/4-22-2015_BLM_Extends_Comment_Period_for_Bering_Sea-Western_Interior_Land_Use_Plan.html Thu, 23 Apr 2015 13:07:40 -0600 ANCHORAGE -- The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) extended the comment period for the Bering Sea-Western Interior Resource Management Plan (RMP) to allow additional time for review and comment on the Preliminary Alternative Concepts and associated resource inventory reports.  The current outreach period began Feb. 22 and was extended to May 31in response to requests from interested tribes and organizations. ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM Completes Plugging of Legacy Wells at Umiat (4-17-2015) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/april/4_17_2015_BLM_Completes_Plugging_of_Legacy_Wells_at_Umiat.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/april/4_17_2015_BLM_Completes_Plugging_of_Legacy_Wells_at_Umiat.html Fri, 17 Apr 2015 18:14:02 -0600 ANCHORAGE, Alaska - BLM Alaska has completed plugging of three legacy wells and removal of wellheads from three additional legacy wells at Umiat in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska (NPR-A). The work was done through an interagency agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which contracted with Marsh Creek, LLC.
 
“We’re very pleased to be making headway on the cleanup of legacy wells, thanks in large part to funding provided through the Helium Act of 2013.” said BLM Alaska State Director Bud Cribley. “This work reflects our continued commitment to protect public safety and Alaska’s environment.”
 
Umiat Wells 1, 3, and 11 were plugged and wellheads removed. In addition, wellheads were removed at Umiat Wells 4, 8, and 10, which had been plugged previously. All pipes were cut off below ground level and buried beneath a mound of gravel and soil. The work was coordinated with the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (AOGCC.) 

All six wells had been drilled by the U.S. Navy from the mid-1940s to the early 1950s. Between 1944 and 1982, the U.S. Navy and U.S. Geological Survey conducted a program of exploratory and scientific drilling on Alaska’s North Slope in what is now the NPR-A. The BLM was given responsibility for managing the NPR-A in 1976 and inherited the responsibility to assess, plug and remediate these wells in 1982. ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM Alaska to Host NPR-A Regional Mitigation Workshop in Fairbanks (3/26/2015) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/march/3-26-2015_NPR-A_Regional_Mitigation_Workshop_in_Fairbanks.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/march/3-26-2015_NPR-A_Regional_Mitigation_Workshop_in_Fairbanks.html Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:42:00 -0600 ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The Bureau of Land Management Alaska will host a two-day workshop on a strategy for regional mitigation in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska (NPR-A).  The workshop will take place at the Chief David Salmon Tribal Hall, 111 W. Clay Street, Fairbanks, Alaska. The workshop will be held on March 31 and April 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day. The public is invited to observe. 

 
Participants at this workshop will help plan for the development of a Regional Mitigation Strategy to address impacts from the proposed Greater Mooses Tooth One (GMT1) oil and gas development in the NPR-A. Participants in the workshop will include oil industry representatives, federal and state government staff, Alaska Native interests, North Slope community members, conservation proponents, and other interested stakeholders.
 
The workshop is designed to develop a stakeholder-driven process to identify projects and measures that will offset impacts to subsistence uses that cannot be fully mitigated by normal avoidance and minimization stipulations and best management practices in the NPR-A. Mitigation projects may include establishment of conservation easements or leases on areas with critical environmental, subsistence or cultural significance, as well as cleanup of previously disturbed sites. 
 

For more information, contact Serena Sweet at (907) 271-4543 or ssweet@blm.gov.  ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM Selects Deb Horner as 2015 White Mountains Artist in Residence (3/16/15) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/march/AK15-12_BLM_Selects_AiR.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/march/AK15-12_BLM_Selects_AiR.html Mon, 16 Mar 2015 14:03:06 -0600 FAIRBANKS — The Bureau of Land Management’s Eastern Interior Field Office has selected Fairbanks artist Deb Horner as its winter Artist in Residence for 2015. The BLM will host Horner from March 29 to April 3 in the White Mountains National Recreation Area.

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.

After making numerous trips to the White Mountains with her dog team in the 1990s, Horner looks forward to visiting some of her favorite locations in the 1-million-acre recreation area. “I’m excited to return to where I spent so much time and to see it through my artist’s eyes,” she said. “Educating people as to the value of this extraordinary area and its wide variety of uses is critical to its continued existence for future generations.”

The artist in residence program is open to emerging or established artists working in nearly any media – including painting, printmaking, photography, writing, and music. The BLM provides transportation between Fairbanks and the selected site, as well as housing in a rustic cabin. Artists are expected to donate the use of a piece of artwork inspired by their residency to help promote public lands.

More information can be obtained from Chel Ethun at methun@blm.gov or 907-474-2223. ]]>
<![CDATA[ BLM Realigns District and Field Office Boundaries (3/13/2015) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/march/District_Office__Boundary_Changes.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/march/District_Office__Boundary_Changes.html Fri, 13 Mar 2015 13:29:54 -0600 ANCHORAGE – Working collaboratively with Alaskan communities, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Alaska has realigned its district and field office boundaries using a landscape approach to better align public lands administrative boundaries with terrain features and land ownership. ]]> <![CDATA[ New Oil and Gas Leases in National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska (03/12/2015) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/march/AK15-10_New_NPR-A_Leases.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/march/AK15-10_New_NPR-A_Leases.html Thu, 12 Mar 2015 16:34:48 -0600 Anchorage — The Bureau of Land Management is announcing seven new oil and gas leases within the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska (NPR-A). ]]> <![CDATA[ Remediation Scheduled for Legacy Wells at Umiat (3/2/2015) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/march/Umiat_Legacy_Wells_Cleanup_03-02-15.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/march/Umiat_Legacy_Wells_Cleanup_03-02-15.html Mon, 2 Mar 2015 17:26:10 -0700 ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Remediation work is scheduled to begin in March on legacy wells near Umiat within the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska (NPR-A), under an interagency agreement between the Bureau of Land Management Alaska and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. 

 
The Corps has awarded a contract to Marsh Creek, LLC to plug Umiat Wells 1, 3 and 11. In addition, the contract calls for removal of wellheads at Umiat Wells 4, 8, and 10. The total cost of the project is approximately $10 million, including mobilization and demobilization. Mobilization is scheduled to begin the week of March 1. Remediation work on Umiat Wells 6, 7, and 9 was completed in 2011 and 2012.
 
Between 1944 and 1982, the U.S. Navy and U.S. Geological Survey conducted a program of exploratory and scientific drilling on Alaska’s North Slope in what is now the NPR-A. The BLM was given responsibility for managing the NPR-A in 1976 and inherited the responsibility to assess, plug and remediate these wells in 1982. 
 
Since 2002, the BLM has plugged eighteen wells and remediated four reserve pits at a cost of nearly $86 million. The September 2013 passage of the Helium Stewardship Act included a provision to fund BLM’s legacy well cleanup efforts with $50 million through fiscal year 2019. The 2013 Legacy Wells Strategic Plan outlines priorities and actions BLM will take to clean up legacy wells in the NPR-A.      
 

The 2013 Legacy Wells Strategic Plan and additional information on NPR-A legacy wells can be found at http://www.blm.gov/ak. ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM Hosts Iditarod Ceremonial Start Activities (3/2/2015) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/march/blm_hosts_iditarod.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/march/blm_hosts_iditarod.html Mon, 2 Mar 2015 12:33:22 -0700

ANCHORAGE – On Saturday, March 7, the Bureau of Land Management’s Campbell Tract will host the finish of the Anchorage route for the Ceremonial Start of the 43rd Iditarod Sled Dog Race.  The 730-acre tract is about 45 minutes by dog sled from where the mushers and their Idita-riders start in downtown Anchorage. ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM Alaska Hosts "Women of the Iditarod" Tweet Chat (1/21/2015) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/january/1-21-2015_BLM_Alaska_Hosts__Women_of_the_Iditarod__Tweet_Chat.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/january/1-21-2015_BLM_Alaska_Hosts__Women_of_the_Iditarod__Tweet_Chat.html Wed, 21 Jan 2015 15:18:20 -0700 ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The Bureau of Land Management Alaska is partnering with Northern Light Media to host a live Twitter chat (#blmiditachat) on Wednesday, Jan. 28, from 9 to 11 a.m. AKST (1 to 3 p.m EST).

 
The twitter chat is a unique opportunity to ask participating mushers and historians’ questions about the Iditarod and its history and traditions. This year’s focus is on women mushers and involves current Iditarod race contenders and veterans. The twitter chat is open to the public with a focus on students and teachers who will be participating from their classrooms nationwide. 
 
To join the conversation in the live tweet chat on Jan. 28, visit www.twitter.com/BLMAlaska and use hashtag #blmiditachat. Questions can be submitted in advance by email at blmalaska@blm.gov or as direct messages on Twitter to @BLMAlaska. Following the two-hour event, BLM Alaska will post the conversation on its website with highlights on Facebook.
 
Mushers participating include 2015 Iditarod race contenders Aliy Zirkle, Lisbet Skogan Norris, Jodi Bailey, Dan Kaduce, and rookie Heidi Sutter. Participating veteran Iditarod race mushers include Karin Hendrickson, Liz Parrish, and Alan Peck.
 
“Our goal is to introduce the history and culture of women mushers, create awareness of the Iditarod National Historic Trail and mushing on public lands, and provide an educational opportunity for classrooms nationwide to learn about Alaska’s environment and activities outdoors,” says BLM Alaska State Director Bud Cribley.

For more information about the tweet chat, visit www.blm.gov/ak/blmiditichat. ]]> <![CDATA[ North Slope Science Initiative Science Technical Advisory Panel (1/7/2015) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/january/1-7-2015_North_Slope_Science_Initiative_Science_Technical_Advisory_Panel.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/january/1-7-2015_North_Slope_Science_Initiative_Science_Technical_Advisory_Panel.html Wed, 7 Jan 2015 18:48:58 -0700 ANCHORAGE -- The North Slope Science Initiative (NSSI) Science Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) will meet Jan. 26-28 in Barrow at the Inupiat Heritage Center, 5421 North Star Blvd. The meetings will begin at 1 p.m. on Jan. 26 and at 9 a.m. Jan. 27 and 28, with public comment scheduled for 3-4 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 27.

 
The NSSI is an intergovernmental effort to increase collaboration on the science needed to make informed decisions related to development and environmental change on Alaska’s North Slope and its adjacent seas. The STAP provides advice and recommendations to NSSI on information priorities.
 
The meeting agenda will include discussions of the North Slope Scenarios Project and a long-term monitoring strategy for the North Slope. 
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For additional information contact Dennis Lassuy at (907) 271-3212. ]]>