Interior Supports Responsible Development of America’s Energy Resources in Alaska

Preferred alternative would open 7 million additional acres for energy development in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska

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Date: Thursday, June 25, 2020

WASHINGTON – As a next step toward meeting President Trump’s direction for increased production of American energy resources and greater energy security for the Nation, U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt announced the publication of the final environmental impact statement, which envisions responsible development of our Nation’s vast energy resources in the NPR-A while reducing regulatory burdens that unnecessarily encumber energy production, constrain economic growth, and prevent job creation. 

The Secretary’s Order responded to President Trump’s Executive Order 13783, on Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth, which tasked the Department to review its existing regulations that potentially burden the development or use of domestically produced energy resources and appropriately suspend, revise, or rescind those that unduly burden the development of domestic energy resources beyond the degree necessary to protect the public interest.

The BLM will next prepare a Record of Decision, which may be published no earlier than 30 days after the official Notice of Availability for the EIS is published in the Federal Register. 


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