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BLM Requests Nominations and Comments for 2013 NPR-A Oil & Gas Lease Sale

ANCHORAGE, AKThe Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is calling for nominations and comments on available tracts to be considered for its scheduled November 2013 oil and gas lease sale in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska (NPR-A).  This will be the third sale since President Obama directed the Department of the Interior to conduct annual oil and gas lease sales in the NPR-A.

The Call for Nominations and Comments, published in today’s Federal Register, announces a 45-day period in which interested parties may nominate or comment on available tracts. The notice is the first step in the process leading up to the next oil and gas lease sale, which is tentatively scheduled for November 2013.  BLM-Alaska must receive all nominations and comments on these tracts for consideration on or before July 18, 2013.

“With the new Record of Decision for the NPR-A Integrated Activity Plan/ Environmental Impact Statement in place, there is new interest in leasing in the NPR-A,” said Bud C. Cribley, BLM-Alaska State Director.  “This call for nominations and comments gives industry, conservation groups and other stakeholders the opportunity to provide input into which tracts should be included in or excluded from the sale.”

To select which tracts will be available for the oil and gas lease sale, the BLM-Alaska State Director will consider the results from the Call for Nominations and Comments, existing natural resource and environmental data, the location of existing leases, multiple use conflicts, resource potential, industry interest, and other available information.

There are 894 tracts on approximately 10.3 million acres that will be available for nomination and comment under this lease sale.  Currently there are 191 authorized oil and gas leases totaling 1,534,626 acres in the NPR-A.

A map showing available areas is available on the BLM website: http://www.blm.gov/ak.

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