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BLM Posts NPR-A Maps for Upcoming Oil & Gas Lease Sale


The Bureau of Land Management in Alaska has posted online maps detailing
proposed oil and gas lease tracts in the National Petroleum
Reserve-Alaska to be offered at its August 11, 2010 lease sale in
Anchorage. The proposed tract maps show 414 total tracts comprising
approximately 4,211,926 acres, including 269 tracts for a total of
2,513,750 acres in Northeast NPR-A and approximately 145 tracts for a
total of 1,698,176 acres in Northwest NPR-A.

Within the Northeast and Northwest planning areas of NPR-A, currently
there are 310 authorized oil and gas leases totaling 3,026,633 acres.

The proposed NPRA lease maps can be found at BLM-Alaska’s home page at
www.blm.gov/ak, under “In the Spotlight.

The BLM manages 253 million acres – more land than any other federal
agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is
primarily located in 12 Western states, including 75 million acres in
Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers
700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation.
The BLM’s multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity
of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future
generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as
outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy
production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other
resources on public lands
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