[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 249 (Friday, December 28, 2012)]
[Pages 76515-76516]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-31145]



Bureau of Land Management


Notice of Availability of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska 
Final Integrated Activity Plan/Environmental Impact Statement

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability.


SUMMARY: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Alaska State Office, is 
issuing the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska (NPR-A) Final 
Integrated Activity Plan/Environmental Impact Statement (IAP/EIS).

DATES: The Final IAP/EIS is available to the public. After 30 days, the 
BLM will issue a Record of Decision (ROD).

ADDRESSES: Requests for information regarding the Final IAP/EIS, or for 
copies of the document in either CD or paper format, may be sent to Jim 
Ducker (907-271-3130) or Serena Sweet (907-271-4543), Bureau of Land 
Management, Alaska State Office (AK931), 222 West 7th Avenue 
13, Anchorage, AK 99513-7599. The Final IAP/EIS is available 
on the BLM-Alaska Web site at http:www.blm.gov/ak.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jim Ducker or Serena Sweet, BLM Alaska 
State Office, 907-271-3130 and 907-271-4543, respectively. Persons who 
use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal 
Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to contact one of 
the above individuals during normal business hours. The FIRS is 
available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question 
with the above individual. You will receive a reply during normal 
business hours.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This IAP/EIS will result in a ROD that will 
supersede the Northwest NPR-A IAP ROD (signed January 22, 2004) and the 
Northeast NPR-A Supplemental IAP ROD (signed July 16, 2008) and may 
amend the Colville River Special Area Management Plan (signed July 18, 
2008). The Final IAP/EIS offers five alternatives for future management 
of the nearly 23-million-acre NPR-A. Unlike the Draft IAP/EIS published 
March 30, 2012, the Final IAP/EIS includes a Preferred Alternative. The 
Preferred Alternative, designated Alternative B-2, most closely 
resembles Alternative B in the Draft IAP/EIS, particularly the 
decisions to open public lands for oil and gas leasing and to expand 
Special Areas. The Preferred

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Alternative, however, differs from the Draft IAP/EIS's Alternative B by 
expanding the areas in which the BLM could approve an application for 
pipelines and other infrastructure in support of offshore oil and gas 
development, and by not recommending congressional Wild and Scenic 
River designation, among other revisions.

Bud C. Cribley,
State Director.
[FR Doc. 2012-31145 Filed 12-27-12; 8:45 am]