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August 23, 2007 --- Vol. 13, No. 77August 2007

Mental Health to offer 125,000 acres

The Alaska Mental Health Trust Land Office has posted notice of an oil and gas lease sale for oil and gas exploration and development in the northern Cook Inlet basin. The Trust Land Office plans to offer some 125,000 acres with a bid opening Nov. 14 at the Trust Land Office in Anchorage.

Twenty-four tracts are being offered. Details are available online at: www.mhtrustland.org/.

MMS calls for information for multiple-sale EIS

The Minerals Management Service is going to do a multiple-sale environmental impact statement for its proposed Beaufort and Chukchi seas lease sales, a procedure it adopted for Alaska outer continental shelf waters in 2001 when it did a multiple-sale EIS for three Beaufort Sea sales.

MMS issued a call for information and nominations today in the Federal Register for a multiple-sale EIS for Beaufort Sea (2009 and 2011) and Chukchi Sea (2010 and 2012) sales included in the agency’s OCS 2007-12 proposed five-year leasing program.

A February 2008 Chukchi Sea sale is not included; that sale is a carryover from the 2002-07 five-year program, the agency said.

“Because many of the issues are the same, we plan to evaluate sales in both the Chukchi and Beaufort seas together,” MMS Alaska Regional Director John Goll said in a statement. “This approach will make it easier for the public and us to key in on the most important issues and their effects.”

Note: See full stories in Aug. 26 issue of Petroleum News which will be online Friday, Aug. 24, at www.PetroleumNews.com

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