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BOEM Will Hold Public Hearing in Fairbanks on Proposed Oil and Gas Leasing Program

ANCHORAGE — The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will hold a public hearing in Anchorage on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, to provide an opportunity to comment on the Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2012 – 2017. This is one in a series of 13 public hearings.

A leasing program consists of a schedule of oil and gas lease sales (auctions) indicating the size, timing and location of proposed leasing activity for the five-year period following its approval by the Secretary of the Interior.

The proposed program includes six offshore areas where there are currently active leases and exploration, and where there is known or anticipated hydrocarbon potential. It schedules 15 potential lease sales for the 2012 – 2017 period —12 in the Gulf of Mexico and three off the coast of Alaska.

What:            The public is invited to comment during a public hearing on the Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for the 2012 – 2017 Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program.

Who:              BOEM Alaska Region Director Dr. James Kendall

When:            Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Where:         Westmark Hotel and Conference Center, 813 Noble St, Fairbanks, Alaska

The complete schedule of public hearings is available at: http://www.boem.gov/5-Year/2012-2017/PEIS/draft_hearings.aspx.

For more information on the proposed program, go to: www.boem.gov/5-year/2012-2017.

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