Environmental Groups Lose Appeal Over Alaska Gas Lease Sales

July 9, 2020, 7:17 PM

The Bureau of Land Management didn’t violate federal law by relying on a 2012 environmental review of lands in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska for its 2017 sale of oil and gas leases in the area, the Ninth Circuit ruled Thursday.

The reserve comprises over 23 million acres of land along the north coast of Alaska, of which BLM manages 22.6 million acres. The agency published a combined integrated activity plan and environmental impact statement to determine the management of its lands in the reserve in 2012.

Five years later, the agency proposed to offer leases on about 10.3 million acres....

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