Between now and June 19th, Arctic Refuge defenders around the world will speak out against the Trump administration’s efforts to open the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil leasing and development. The Bureau of Land Management, the agency tasked with carrying out the leasing program required by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed by Congress last December, is currently engaged in a 60-day scoping period, the first step in public engagement under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
The scoping period is our opportunity to inform BLM of your concerns, relevant issues, studies needed, data gaps, and potential impacts of oil and gas activities that they must consider in developing the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Request explanations for how they will proceed moving forward. Scoping comments are your chance to bring up issues, impacts, and alternatives that you want BLM to consider in the EIS. Your opinion matters. Be sure to tell BLM not only that you are opposed to oil and gas drilling in the Arctic Refuge, but also why you are opposed. Raise anything that you feel may be important; scoping guides the rest of BLM’s environmental review process.
And speak from the heart.
The comment deadline is June 19, 2018.
You can email your comments to blm_ak_coastalplain_EIS@blm.gov
or by mail to
Attn: Coastal Plain Oil and Gas Leasing Program EIS
222 West 7th Avenue, Stop #13
Anchorage, Alaska 99513
For detailed background on the scoping process, click here.
For information on talking points and considerations, click here.
We need everyone’s voice during this scoping period, and in the months ahead.