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Governor Urges Interior Department to Reconsider Review Process

May 27, 2010, Anchorage, Alaska - Citing unnecessary delays in the environmental review process for energy and mineral development on Alaska's public lands, Governor Sean Parnell today urged the Department of the Interior (DOI) to reconsider the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) notice review process. 

Under current guidelines, the BLM requires that all non-exempt Federal Register notices be sent to the DOI in Washington, D.C., prior to publication. The process adds an additional layer of reviews that can cause major delays. The Office of the Governor understands this process can involve up to 14 reviews at separate DOI offices every time a Federal Register notice is required.

"BLM's process has created significant bureaucratic hurdles that threaten to disrupt the permitting process for energy and mineral development," Governor Parnell wrote to the assistant secretary for land and minerals management. "Energy and mineral development contribute significantly to the employment base and economic vitality of Alaska. These activities are also essential to the strength of our nation's economy, energy independence, security, and way of life." 

A copy of Governor Parnell's letter to the Department of the Interior is available at:

http://gov.alaska.gov/parnell_media/documents/gov_ltrtoWilmaLewis.pdf

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