On April 19th, 2018 the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced a 60-day public scoping period to assist in the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Coastal Plain Oil and Gas Leasing Program. The purpose of the public scoping process is to assist BLM in identifying relevant issues that will influence the scope of the EIS and guide its development.
The publication of a Notice of Intent to Prepare an EIS in the Federal Register begins the implementation of provisions in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 requiring the Secretary of the Interior, acting through the BLM, to establish and administer a competitive oil and gas program for the leasing, development, production, and transportation of oil and gas in and from the 1002 Coastal Plain area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). The first lease sale will be held after completion of an environmental analysis and will offer not fewer than 400,000 acres area-wide of high-potential lands for bid.
The BLM invites the public to provide comments on scoping issues. The BLM will hold public scoping meetings in: Anchorage, Arctic Village, Fairbanks, Kaktovik, and Utqiaġvik at times and locations to be announced in local media, newspapers, and on the BLM website. The BLM may hold additional public scoping meetings in other communities if there is strong community interest.
Comments on scoping issues for the proposed Leasing EIS will be accepted through June 19, 2018, and can be sent by any of the following methods:
Documents pertinent to this proposal may be examined at the BLM Alaska State Office, BLM Alaska Public Information Center, 222 West 7th Avenue, Anchorage, Alaska 99513.