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BLM Begins Planning Effort for NPR-A


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Alaska announced today that it
will begin preparation of an Integrated Activity Plan and Environmental
Impact Statement for the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A).

The new plan will incorporate the most current information and lay out
management goals, objectives, and actions that would be consistent
across the entire NPR-A. The plan will also take into account emerging
issues such as climate change and the recent listing of polar bears as a
threatened and endangered species. This planning effort will help
identify management actions to mitigate impacts to resources from oil
and gas leasing and other activities that may occur in NPR-A in the
future.

Through public scoping, BLM is requesting input to the planning process.
The public scoping period began July 28, 2010, and will last at least 60
days. A final ending date will be announced on the BLM website.

Public scoping meetings are planned for Anaktuvuk Pass, Anchorage,
Atqasuk, Barrow, Fairbanks, Nuiqsut, and Wainwright. Additional public
scoping meetings may be held if there is strong community interest.
Public scoping meeting dates, times, and locations will be announced
through local media and the BLM website at http://www.blm.gov/ak.

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