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Alaska State Office
Release Date: 12/31/12
Contacts: Karen Laubenstein, 907-271-3318,    
  Thom Jennings, 907-271-3335,    
News Release No. 12-25

EPA Publishes NOA of Final IAP/EIS for National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska

ANCHORAGE — The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published today the Notice of Availability (NOA) of the Final Integrated Activity Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (IAP/EIS) for the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska (NPR-A).  Today's publication of the EPA NOA will start a minimum review period of 30 days prior to the issuance of a record of decision by the Secretary.


The Final IAP/EIS is the first management plan that covers the entire Reserve, including 9.2 million acres in the southwest area. Previous plans covered the northeast and northwest planning areas only. This comprehensive blueprint will allow for access to oil and gas resources on 11.8 million acres, which are estimated to hold 549 million barrels of economically recoverable oil and 8.7 trillion cubic feet of economically recoverable natural gas.

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 mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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