Interior solicits comment on NPR-A drilling options

US oil and gas companies may get more leasing opportunities in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska under a series of proposals being reviewed by the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management.BLM Jan. 17 asked for public comment on four possible land management plans for 8.8 million acres of public lands in the northwestern portion of NPR-A.Out of the four land-use options, three proposals would allow varying degrees of new drilling; one alternative would ban new oil and gas leasing. Options include: Alternative A would make all BLM-administered lands in the planning area available to oil and gas leasing. Although there would be no special areas shielded exclusively for ...

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