ePlanning DOI-BLM-AK-0000-2018-0002-EIS (Coastal Plain Oil and Gas Leasing EIS)  
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The Scoping period will be April 20, 2018, through June 19, 2018 (See the Meetings tab for the schedule of Public Scoping Meetings.) 

The BLM is undertaking a Coastal Plain Oil and Gas Leasing EIS to implement the leasing program pursuant to the Tax Act (Public Law 115-97, Dec. 22, 2017). The Leasing EIS will serve to inform BLM’s implementation of the Tax Act, including the requirement to hold not fewer than two lease sales area-wide. It may also inform post-lease activities, including seismic and drilling exploration, development, and transportation of oil and gas in and from the Coastal Plain. Specifically, the Leasing EIS will consider and analyze the potential environmental impacts of various leasing alternatives, including the areas to offer for sale, and the terms and conditions (i.e., lease stipulations and best management practices) to be applied to leases and associated oil and gas activities to properly balance oil and gas development with existing uses and conservation of surface resources, and to limit the footprint of production and support facilities on Federal lands to no more than 2,000 surface acres. The area comprising the Coastal Plain includes approximately 1.6 million acres within the approximately 19.3 million-acre Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

The purpose of the public scoping process is to assist BLM in identifying relevant issues that will influence the scope of the EIS and guide its development, including the formation of the alternatives of the proposed action within the parameters outlined in the Tax Act. The BLM invites the public to provide comments on scoping issues. The BLM held public scoping meetings in: Anchorage, Fairbanks, Kaktovik, Utqiagvik, Venetie, and Washington, D.C. 

Comments on scoping issues for the proposed Leasing EIS will be accepted through June 19, 2018, and can be sent by any of the following methods:

• webform:    Go to the 'Documents' page and click on 'Comment on Document' button next to 'Notice of Intent'

• email:         blm_ak_coastalplain_EIS@blm.gov
• mail:           Attn: Coastal Plain Oil and Gas Leasing Program EIS
                    222 West 7th Avenue, Stop #13
                    Anchorage, Alaska 99513

Documents pertinent to this proposal may be examined at the BLM Alaska State Office, BLM Alaska Public Information Center, 222 West 7th Avenue, Anchorage, Alaska 99513.