The federal Bureau of Land Management today is offering approximately 1.4 million acres for oil and gas leasing in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, more than doubling the amount of land already leased in the Western Arctic.
The Wilderness Society applauds the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) finalization today of Wind and Solar Leasing Rule. This rule represents the first effort by the federal government to comprehensively manage wind and solar energy on public lands.
According to the agency, this is the first time the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Farmington Field Office and the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ (BIA) Navajo Regional Office will jointly conduct an analysis of management in the area that covers both public and tribal lands.
The plan is part of the highly controversial Gasco Natural Gas Development Project, which the Bureau of Land Management approved in 2012. That decision initially approved nearly 1,300 new oil and gas wells in Utah’s greater Desolation Canyon region.