<![CDATA[ BLM Alaska News Release Feed ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/rss/newsreleases/ak.html BLM Alaska News Releases en-us Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:24:11 -0700 News AK_AKSO_Public_Room@blm.gov (Alaska Info) <![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.
<![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.
<![CDATA[ BLM Alaska Releases Guidance for Reclamation of Placer-Mined Streams (11/17/2014) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/november/BLM_AK_Releases_Guidance_for_Reclamation_of_Placer-Mined_Streams_11172014.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/november/BLM_AK_Releases_Guidance_for_Reclamation_of_Placer-Mined_Streams_11172014.html Fri, 14 Nov 2014 16:35:09 -0700 The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Alaska is providing guidance establishing clear and consistent standards for rehabilitating placer-mined streams on public lands managed by the BLM. ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM Issues NOA of FSEIS for Proposed Greater Mooses Tooth Unit Dvlpmt Project (11/7/2014) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/november/blm_issues_notice.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/november/blm_issues_notice.html Fri, 7 Nov 2014 12:02:44 -0700 ANCHORAGE – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today published the formal Notice of Availability for the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for the Alpine Satellite Development Plan for the proposed Greater Mooses Tooth Unit oil and gas development project (GMT1) within the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska (NPR-A). The BLM released the document to the public on October 29, 2014. The BLM will issue a Record of Decision at least 30 days after the date of publication of this Notice of Availability.
“This is the first potential development in the NPR-A which would lead to Federal production. The estimated first-year production from this participating area could represent up to 5-10 percent of all nationwide BLM-regulated oil production,” said Bud Cribley, BLM Alaska State Director.
The project is proposed by ConocoPhillips, Alaska, Inc. (CPAI) to develop petroleum resources within the Greater Mooses Tooth Unit of the NPR-A. Public meetings were held in North Slope villages, Anchorage and Fairbanks.
As proposed by CPAI, the project would include construction of an 11.8-acre drill pad, an eight and one-half mile access road, above-ground elevated pipelines, and an electric power line. The GMT1 project proposes access to both federal and Arctic Slope Regional Corporation oil resources.
To view the Final SEIS go to: http://www.blm.gov/ak.
<![CDATA[ BLM Releases Final SEIS for Proposed Greater Mooses Tooth Oil & Gas Project in Alaska (10/29/2014) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/october/blm_releases_final.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/october/blm_releases_final.html Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:44:42 -0600 Proposed Plan Balances Resource Protection and Development; Project would ]]> <![CDATA[ Dep. Interior Secretary Michael Connor signs final ANCSA entitlement for Nunamiut Corp. (10/22/2014) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/october/deputy_interior_secretary.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/october/deputy_interior_secretary.html Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:40:05 -0600 ANCHORAGE – Deputy Interior Secretary Michael Connor today signed the final patent for the transfer of 10,170 acres of land to the Nunamiut Corporation, the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act corporation for the village of Anaktuvuk Pass.  The patent fulfils the corporation’s final land entitlement under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.  Additional acreage was also transferred to the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation at the signing ceremony as part of a three-way land exchange.
“This is a historic milestone for Anaktuvuk Pass as well as for the federal family and Arctic Slope Regional Corporation, whose cooperation was critically important in achieving this outcome,” Connor said.  “This also reflects President Obama’s ongoing commitment to help Alaska Native leaders build strong, resilient communities and expedite the remaining land conveyances to Alaska Native corporations.”
With this final transfer and patent, the Nunamiut Corporation will have received 92,160 acres under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.   
The village of Anaktuvuk Pass is located entirely within Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve.  Land conveyed today finalizes a land exchange involving the village corporation, the National Park Service, and the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation that will allow continued subsistence activities and access by local residents while protecting public use and conservation of certain lands.
Nearly 44 million acres, or 96%, of the 45.7 million acres of Native land entitlements under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act have been conveyed to Alaska Native corporations over the past 40 years. All but 10 million acres of those conveyances have received final patent. Most of the remaining lands have been surveyed but need survey plats and final patent confirmation. Final entitlement has been met for 99 villages with 135 remaining requiring closure.
<![CDATA[ Clarifications for Unit 13 Federal Subsistence - Paxson Closed Area (10/12/2014) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/october/clarifications_for.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/october/clarifications_for.html Sun, 12 Oct 2014 16:07:55 -0600 GLENNALLEN – A recent, detailed, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land status review has revealed that an additional 29,000 acres of lands in the vicinity of Paxson Lake, Alaska are unencumbered Federal public lands and are therefore open to Federal subsistence hunting. Approximately 1,500 acres of these Federal lands underlay a portion of the approximately 12,000 acre, State of Alaska, Game Management Unit 13, Paxson Closed Area. The Unit 13 Federal subsistence caribou hunt reopens October 21.   "It's important that Federal subsistence hunters review the updated map," cautions BLM Glennallen Field Manager, Dennis Teitzel. "Federal subsistence hunters need to understand that the entire Paxson Closed Area isn't open to Federal subsistence. Federal hunters should consult the updated map to ensure they are only hunting on Federal lands within that area."
Lands added to the Unit 13 Federal subsistence hunt map within the vicinity of Paxson Lake were once top-filed by the State of Alaska in 1993 and 1994. Through an administrative review process conducted in 1994, 1995, and 2008, it was determined that these were BLM unencumbered lands. The land status change went unnoticed at the field level. “It was an unfortunate oversight,” explains Glennallen Field Manager, Dennis Teitzel. “These lands have actually been Federal unencumbered lands for several years.”
The Alaska National Interest Lands Claim Act (ANILCA) defines areas open to Federal subsistence, as Federal unencumbered lands. All of these Federal lands are in Federal Subsistence Unit 13 and, by definitions in ANILCA, are currently open to Unit 13 Federal subsistence users. 
The U.S. Department of Interior Federal Subsistence Board is responsible for developing and updating Federal subsistence regulations for Federal public lands in Alaska. Any member of the public can submit a proposal to the Federal subsistence board to change current Federal subsistence harvest regulations. Learn how to submit proposals to the Federal Subsistence Board at: www.doi.gov/subsistence/proposal/submit.  
Federal subsistence hunters are advised to always check for updates to Federal subsistence regulations prior to hunting. Updated maps for Unit 13 Federal subsistence are available at the BLM Glennallen Field Office or online at www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/fo/gdo.html

For additional information contact the BLM Glennallen Field Office at (907) 822-3217. ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM fulfills final ANCSA entitlement for Native Village of Newhalen (10/10/2014) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/october/ak14-40_final_entitlement_newhalen_10-10-14.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/october/ak14-40_final_entitlement_newhalen_10-10-14.html Fri, 10 Oct 2014 14:34:58 -0600   ]]> <![CDATA[ Resource Advisory Council to meet in Anchorage September 29 & 30 (9/24/2014) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/september/9-24-2014_Resource_Advisory_Council_to_meet_in_Anchorage_September_29___30.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/september/9-24-2014_Resource_Advisory_Council_to_meet_in_Anchorage_September_29___30.html Wed, 24 Sep 2014 12:34:10 -0600 ANCHORAGE – The 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 9:00 a.m. on both September 29 & 30 in training room #109.  The council will accept comments from the public on Monday, September 29 from 3:10-4:00 p.m.

The meeting is open to the public.  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. ]]>