5-24-12 Tonight's The (NPR-A) Night!
The Straight Good News, by Gillian Steward. NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair might as well have declared war on the West.
Tonight, BLM Officials Will Be Taking Testimony On A Ridiculous Question:
"Shall bureaucrats diminish or stop resource development In America's National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska at a time when gas prices are high, employment is low, TAPS is 2/3 empty, the national and state treasuries need more revenue, and when America has already designated NPR-A to be a National Petroleum Reserve--not a memorial to environmental extremism?" Even the calmist, most reserved citizen must ask out of a sense of responsible outrage, "how utterly stupid, incompetent and economically suicidal can the Federal government and its environmental extremist allies get?"
Last week we "Counted the ways Alaska is being assaulted by the Federal government". Tonight, doors open at 6 PM (but we'll arrive earlier) at the Campbell Creek Science Center in Anchorage for the Bureau of Land Management to take testimony on a management plan for the National Petroleum Reserve – Alaska. Consumer Energy Alliance President, Steve Pratt (NGP Photo) observes that, "Despite the fact that federal law forbids the federal government from even studying setting aside additional areas as wilderness or special conservation areas, two of the options being proposed by BLM do just that." Pratt told NGP that, "Alternative D is the alternative least likely to shut down oil and gas exploration in the Reserve and in the Chukchi Sea. Please consider testifying at the hearing; at a minimum, please take a few minutes to register your views through the following link." http://consumerenergyalliance.org/calls-to-action/allow-energy-access-in-the-alaskan-petroleum-reserve/.
Here is an instructive note from Carl Portman (NGP Photo), Resource Development Council for Alaska:
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will hold a public hearing this Thursday, May 24 at the Campbell Creek Science Center in Anchorage on the Draft Integrated Activity Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (IAP/EIS) for the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A). The meeting begins with an open house at 6 p.m., followed by the public hearing at 7 p.m.
RDC encourages you to attend and testify, presenting brief comments urging BLM to open all of the energy reserve's subsurface to oil and gas leasing, with balanced surface protections which do not preclude onshore development and transportation of potential offshore oil to the Trans-Alaska Pipeline.
Decisions to be made as part of this plan include oil and gas leasing availability, surface protections, Wild and Scenic River recommendations, and Special Area designations. The NPR-A IAP/EIS presents four alternative approaches for the planning effort.
Environmental groups are rallying their ranks to testify in favor of closing more than half of the reserve to oil development. The areas they want to see in special area designations (de-facto wilderness) are among the most prospective in NPR-A.
For comment points and additional information, please see the RDC Action Alert at:
Hope to see you at the hearing. I recommend arriving by 6:30 to sign-up early.