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BLM-Alaska Releases Draft Determination of NEPA Adequacy and Map for the NPR-A Lease Sale

Anchorage-The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released a draft Determination of NEPA Adequacy (DNA) to document the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance and a map of available tracts for the upcoming NPR-A Oil and Gas Lease Sale.  The draft determination and map link will be posted to the BLM-Alaska website at http://www.blm.gov/ak.  

On June 21, 2011, the BLM published a Call for Nominations and Comments in the Federal Register.  The notice included all lands in the Northeast and Northwest NPR-A planning areas that were not currently leased or deferred from leasing.  The Call for Nominations and Comment period ended July 21, 2011.  

In selecting tracts, the BLM evaluated the information received and considered natural resource information, multiple-use conflicts, resource potential, industry interest, and subsistence values. BLM will submit the Notice of Sale to publish in the Federal Register at least 30 days prior to the sale, scheduled for late this year. 

This will be the seventh oil and gas lease sale since 1999. The lease sale is being conducted in response to President Barack Obama's May 14, 2011, announcement directing the Department of the Interior to conduct annual oil and gas lease sales in the NPR-A. 

The public may comment on the draft DNA by sending comments to: NPR-A Draft DNA Lease Sale Comment; Attn: Jim Ducker; 222 W. 7th Ave. Ste. 13; Anchorage, Alaska, 99513-7504 or through the BLM-Alaska website. Comments must be received by October 21, 2011. Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment - including your personal identifying information - may be made publicly available at any time.  While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

The BLM manages 245 million acres - more land than any other federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including 75 million acres in Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLMâ€TMs multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.

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