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Release Date: 09/30/13
Contacts: Erin Curtis, 907-271-4418,    
  KJ Mushovic, 907-271-3322,    
News Release No. 13-26

BLM-Alaska Announces NPR-A Oil & Gas Lease Sale in November

BLM-Alaska Announces NPR-A Oil & Gas Lease Sale in November
Sale Part of President Obama's All-of-the-Above Energy Strategy
ANCHORAGE — Following President Obama’s direction to hold annual oil and gas lease sales in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska (NPR-A), BLM-Alaska State Director Bud Cribley announced today that the agency will hold the annual oil and gas lease sale on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Anchorage, AK. The lease sale will include 408 tracts and cover approximately 4.5 million acres in the NPR-A.
The 2013 lease sale is the ninth since 1999. Total bids received for the eight prior sales totaled more than $286 million. Currently, 185 leases cover more than 1.5 million acres in the NPR-A. Tracts available for lease are consistent with the NPR-A Integrated Activity Plan finalized in February.
The Notice of Sale was published today in the Federal Register. The detailed statement of sale and a map of tracts to be offered by the sale are posted at
“The energy resources of the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska are essential to meeting our nation’s energy demands and will enhance domestic energy production and decrease dependency on foreign oil sources,” said Cribley. “The November sale is in line with the President’s direction to continue to expand domestic energy production, safely and responsibly.”
The BLM sought public input on tract nominations from lands in the NPR-A planning areas that are not currently leased or deferred from leasing and selected the tracts based on evaluation of comments received, natural resource information, resource potential, industry interest, and subsistence values. The comment period ran from June 3 through July 18.
Following President Obama’s direction in May, 2011 that annual oil and gas lease sales be conducted in the NPR-A, BLM offered 3 million acres in a lease sale last November that generated $898,900 through the lease of 14 tracts including more than 160,000 acres.
Only exploratory drilling has occurred within the NPR-A to date. On July 22, 2013, ConocoPhillips submitted an application with BLM for issuance of a right-of-way grant and related authorizations to support development of petroleum resources at the Greater Mooses Tooth Unit; this project would facilitate the first production of oil from federal lands in the NPR-A.

For additional information, see the BLM-Alaska website at:

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 multiple-use mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2012, activities on public lands generated $4.6 billion in revenue, much of which was shared with the States where the activities occurred. In addition, public lands contributed more than $112 billion to the U.S. economy and helped support more than 500,000 jobs.

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