The federal Bureau of Land Management said today that it plans to offer all available tracts in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska in its fall sale.
In an Aug. 7 Federal Register notice BLM had called for nominations and comments for the sale, including the entire NPR-A.
In today's announcement, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke said: "In May, I put my hand on TAPS and pledged to help fill it by putting Alaskans back to work on the North Slope. This large and unprecedented sale in Alaska will help achieve our goal of American Energy Dominance."
The sale will be Dec. 6, with the 900 tracts to be offered covering some 10.3 million acres, "all the tracts designated as available for development in the 2013 Record of Decision for the Integrated Activity Plan/Environmental Impact Statement for the NPR-A," BLM said.
- KRISTEN NELSON
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