A draft map and determination are available for the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska lease sale proposed for late this year.
The draft determination says the agency proposes to offer 283 tracts, some 3 million acres, approximately 23 percent of the 13.4 million subsurface acres BLM manages in the northeast and northwest NPR-A planning areas.
The draft determination of NEPA adequacy documenting National Environmental Policy Act compliance and a map of available tracts for the upcoming sale are available on the BLM-Alaska website at www.blm.gov/ak.
According to the map, BLM proposes to offer unleased tracts largely around existing tracts on the western and southwestern side of NPR-A in the northeast and northwest planning areas.
Comments on the draft determination are due Oct. 21.
BLM said it will publish the notice of sale in the Federal Register at least 30 days prior to the sale.
See story in Sept. 25 issue of Petroleum News, available to subscribers online at 11 a.m., Friday, Sept. 23 at www.PetroleumNews.com