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5-25-12 - Alaskans 'Rocked' At Last Night's BLM Hearing!


Commentary: Last night, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) held a hearing in Anchorage to gather comment on its Draft Integrated Activity Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (IAP/EIS) for the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A).  The Interior Department agency proposed four alternative approaches to managing NPR-A.  As many as a hundred gathered in the Science Center of the BLM's Campbell Creek facility to listen or testify.  Twenty-one Alaskans supported oil and gas leasing of the nation's oil and gas reserve ("Alternative #4") while nine witnesses argued for restrictions on oil, gas, mineral and pipeline activity within the oil and gas designated reserve ("Alternative #2").  

The NPR-A is a Maine-sized area that lies on the northern coast of Alaska.  Alaska is twice as large as Texas.  The Obama Administration is also determining how best to block oil and gas access to a 2,000 acre oil and gas exploration area within a Congressionally-designated oil and gas area within a nearby 19 million area.  This Dullas Airport-sized oil and gas area lies within the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), the size of South Carolina.


Dave Harbour, Publisher, Northern Gas Pipelines

Much more coming....



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