The BLM announces public meetings on Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Coastal Plain Oil and Gas Leasing Program
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The Bureau of Land Management today announced six virtual public meetings to assist in the preparation of a supplemental environmental impact statement for the Coastal Plain Oil and Gas Leasing Program.
In June 2021, Secretary’s Order 3401 called for the Department of the Interior to suspend all activities related to the implementation of the Coastal Plain Oil and Gas Leasing Program in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge pending completion of a comprehensive analysis under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). BLM began the comprehensive analysis of the potential environmental impacts of the Program on August 4, 2021, including addressing deficiencies identified in the Secretary’s Order. The public scoping period ends Oct. 4, 2021.
The public meetings will take place on the Zoom platform (with call-in option), and are currently scheduled for the following dates and times (Alaska Daylight Time):
Sept. 14 at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Sept. 15 at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Sept. 16 at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m..
To register, visit https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/project/2015144/510. Meetings will also be live streamed on the BLM Alaska Facebook page @BLMAlaska. Affected Alaskan communities may request meetings specific to their communities by emailing blm_ak_coastalplain_supplementalEIS@blm.gov.
Comments on issues, impacts, and potential new alternatives to be analyzed may be submitted electronically through https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/project/2015144/510. Comments can also be mailed to the Bureau of Land Management, Attn: Coastal Plain Oil and Gas Leasing Program Supplemental EIS, 222 West 7th Avenue, Stop #13, Anchorage, Alaska 99513.
Documents pertaining to the environmental impact statement may be examined at the Coastal Plain Leasing EIS BLM NEPA Page.
This year, we invite everyone to reimagine your public lands as we celebrate 75 years of the BLM’s stewardship and service to the American people. The BLM manages approximately 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’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.