DOI finalizes leasing plan for northwestern NPR-A

US Sec. of the Interior Gale Norton Jan. 22 finalized a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) plan that allows for more leasing in the northwestern portion of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A).BLM plans to hold a lease sale June 2 for selected tracts in the northwestern corner of the NPR-A. The agency is accepting additional expressions of interest from industry through Feb. 9.The agency will make 7.23 million acres of the reserve's northwestern portion available for leasing, deferring the remaining 1.57 million acres from leasing for 10 years.Norton slightly modified BLM's November 2003 proposal. In response to a resolution passed by BLM's Alaska Resource Advisory Counc...

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