<![CDATA[ BLM Alaska News Release Feed ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/rss/newsreleases/ak.html BLM Alaska News Releases en-us Mon, 2 Mar 2015 13:34:40 -0700 News AK_AKSO_Public_Room@blm.gov (Alaska Info) <![CDATA[ Remediation Scheduled for Legacy Wells at Umiat ]]> 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 13:34:40 -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 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[ The Bureau of Land Management is hosting an Industry Day (12-29-2014) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/december/_12-29-2014_Industry_Day.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/december/_12-29-2014_Industry_Day.html Thu, 8 Jan 2015 15:46:59 -0700 Anchorage — The Bureau of Land Management National Operations Center Acquisitions Office is hosting an Industry Day and one-on-one meetings for vendors interested in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska (NPR-A) Legacy Well Remediation Program Jan 7-8, 2015.

 
The primary purpose is to exchange information with industry regarding remediation of Legacy Wells and to assess the industry’s capabilities.  Proposals or offers are not requested at this time, but the BLM will be issuing solicitations to procure needed remediation services to advance the 2013 Legacy Well Strategic Plan.
 
Industry Day begins at 1 p.m. Jan. 7 in the GSA Conference Room in the Federal Building Annex at 222 W. 8th Ave., Anchorage, Alaska.  Vendors planning to attend should bring photo identification and allow enough time for the security checkpoint.
 
BLM personnel will present an overview of the Legacy Well Strategic Plan and discuss the anticipated strategy for soliciting, awarding and administering contracts.  The presentations will be followed by one-on-one meetings with vendors for the remainder of Wednesday and all day Thursday.
 
For additional information about this event and to reserve time for a one-on-one meeting, please visit either www.FBO.gov or www.FedConnect.net and enter the following search terms:
 
L15PS00024 - Industry Day for the NPR-A Legacy Well Remediation - NAICS 562910 Remediation Services
L15PS00025 - Industry Day for the NPR-A Legacy Well Remediation - NAICS 541620 Environmental Consulting
 
One-on-one meetings must be scheduled by Jan. 4, 2015.  To learn more about the NPR-A legacy wells program and the 2013 Legacy Well Strategic Plan, visit http://www.blm.gov/ak

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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. ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM Artists in Residence to Give Presentations in Fairbanks (1/7/2015) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/january/_1-7-2015__BLM_Artists_in_Residence_to_Give_Presentations_in_Fairbanks.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/january/_1-7-2015__BLM_Artists_in_Residence_to_Give_Presentations_in_Fairbanks.html Wed, 7 Jan 2015 15:36:38 -0700 FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Bureau of Land Management Artists in Residence Ned Rozell and Sarah DeGennaro will share their experiences and art at two public presentations hosted by the Alaska Public Lands Information Center on Jan. 24 and 29 at the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center in Fairbanks.

 
On Jan. 24 at 2 p.m., Fairbanks writer Ned Rozell will present selected readings and thoughts inspired by his experiences as a BLM Artist in Residence in Eagle, Alaska last summer.
 
Rozell has walked, skied, driven or floated most of Alaska. He is the author of four Alaska-related books and more than 800 weekly newspaper columns about Alaska. During his stay in Eagle, Rozell worked on a manuscript for a novel that he started 20 years ago while living in the community. “My artist-in-residency in Eagle gave me the silence and space I needed to finish one of those projects that was getting away,” Rozell said. “Eagle is where I decided that I wanted to be a writer.”
 
On January 29 at 7 p.m., the public is invited to view new works by local artist Sarah DeGennaro and to hear about her experiences as a BLM Artist in Residence in the White Mountains National Recreation Area last April. DeGennaro spent five days at the Wickersham Creek Trail Shelter in the White Mountains.
 
DeGennaro received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2013. She has participated in many art exhibits in Fairbanks and Anchorage, and her work has also been featured in Ecological Reflections at the National Science Foundation. DeGennaro is excited to share her work and experiences and to encourage other artists to apply for this year’s Artist in Residence opportunities. “My time in the White Mountains National Recreation area was incredible,” DeGennaro said. “I was able to draw so much inspiration from this beautiful landscape.”
 
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 is taking applications for the 2015 winter program through Feb. 6. The summer program 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 presentations or applying for this year’s opportunities, contact Chel Ethun at methun@blm.gov or 907-474-2223.
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<![CDATA[ BLM Alaska Opens Public Comment on Proposed ACECs in the Eastern Interior RMP/EIS (1/02/15) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/january/EasternInterior_ACECs.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/january/EasternInterior_ACECs.html Fri, 2 Jan 2015 11:34:37 -0700 FAIRBANKS , AK – Based on public comment on the Eastern Interior Draft Resource Management Plan (RMP)/Draft Environmental Impact Statement, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is considering changing the boundary of the proposed Fortymile Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC) and designating a new ACEC on the Mosquito Flats, also in the Fortymile region.  ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM Alaska Seeks White Mountains Artist in Residence (12-29-14) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/december/BLM_Seeks_White_Mtns_Artist_122914.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/december/BLM_Seeks_White_Mtns_Artist_122914.html Mon, 29 Dec 2014 14:42:36 -0700 FAIRBANKS — The Bureau of Land Management is seeking an artist for its week-long Artist-in-Residence program in the White Mountains National Recreation Area this winter. ]]> <![CDATA[ North Slope Science Initiative seeks Science Technical Advisory Panel members (12-18-2014) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/december/12_18_2014_North_Slope_Science_Initiative_seeks_Science_Technical_Advisory_Panel_members.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/december/12_18_2014_North_Slope_Science_Initiative_seeks_Science_Technical_Advisory_Panel_members.html Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:24:11 -0700 Anchorage—The North Slope Science Initiative (NSSI) is seeking six new members for its Science Technology Panel. The 15-member panel of scientists and technical experts plays a critical advisory role for the NSSI and its Oversight Group by assisting with resource inventories, monitoring, and research needs for Alaska’s North Slope. 
 
Panel membership is diverse and may represent the oil and gas industry, subsistence users, traditional ecological knowledge, conservation organizations, academia, and other entities. Panel members may come from disciplines such as landscape ecology, petroleum engineering, civil engineering, geology, botany, hydrology, limnology, habitat biology, wildlife biology, biometrics, sociology, cultural anthropology, economics, ornithology, oceanography, fisheries biology, climatology, or North Slope traditional and local knowledge.
 
The Secretary of the Interior appoints NSSI’s Science Technology Panel members for three-year terms. While serving on the panel, members will be reimbursed for official travel (airline tickets, lodging and per diem) to participate on the panel. The Federal Advisory Committee Act does not permit salaries, benefits or honorariums for appointees. 

The Federal Register published a notice on Dec. 18, 2014 soliciting nominations.  The NSSI must receive all nominations and required attachments no later than February 2, 2015.  For information, instructions and the nomination form, go to http://www.northslope.org/. ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM fulfills final ANCSA entitlements for 4 Gana-A 'Yoo villages (11/19/2014) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/november/BLM_fulfills_final_ANCSA_entitlements_for_4_Gana-A_Yoo_villages_11192014.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/november/BLM_fulfills_final_ANCSA_entitlements_for_4_Gana-A_Yoo_villages_11192014.html Wed, 19 Nov 2014 12:35:57 -0700 ANCHORAGE -- The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) fulfilled entitlements for four Yukon River villages this week in a patent-signing ceremony at the Anchorage office of the Gana-A ‘Yoo, Limited.

 
Individual village corporations had originally been established for Galena, Koyukuk, Nulato and Kaltag in west-central Alaska. Gana-A ‘Yoo, Limited was formed in 1978 after these four ANCSA village corporations merged.  Gana-A ‘Yoo received four patents for the remaining surface acreage owed to each of the villages, for a total of 9,875.8 acres. The regional corporation, Doyon, Limited, received patents for the corresponding subsurface estates.  
 
The final patents complete the transfer of 115,320.86 acres of land in the vicinity of the village of Galena; 92,160.80 acres of land in the vicinity of the village of Koyukuk; 115,200.97 acres of land in the vicinity of the village of Nulato; and 115,680.02 acres of land in the vicinity of the village of Kaltag.
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<![CDATA[ National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska Oil & Gas Lease Sale Generates Nearly $659,000 (11/19/2014) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/november/NPR-A_oil_gas_lease_sale_generates_nearly_659000_11192014.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/november/NPR-A_oil_gas_lease_sale_generates_nearly_659000_11192014.html Wed, 19 Nov 2014 08:57:17 -0700 Anchorage —The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today held a lease sale in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska (NPR-A) that generated $658,978.20.
 
Today’s sale offered 270 tracts comprising about 3 million acres.  Two companies submitted 7 bids for the right to develop oil and gas lease tracts in the federal petroleum reserve managed by the BLM on Alaska’s North Slope.  The bids on 7 tracts encompassed about 66,650 acres.
 
Today’s sale is the tenth since 1999. Total bids received for the nine prior sales totaled more than $260.6 million. Currently, 205 leases cover more than 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 $206,201, or $53.67 per acre, was offered today by ConocoPhillips Alaska, Inc./Anadarko E&P onshore LLC for tract 2014-H-161.  The State of Alaska will receive 50 percent of the NPR-A lease sale bid receipts, or $329,489.10.
 
A map and table with complete sale results by tract are posted at the BLM-Alaska website at: http://www.blm.gov/ak.
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