In June 2021, the Department of the Interior issued Secretary’s Order 3401 which directed ‘‘a temporary halt on all Department activities related to the [Leasing] Program in the Arctic Refuge’’ pending ‘‘a new, comprehensive analysis of the potential environmental impacts of the Program.” DOI is now seeking public input through a 60-day public scoping process, which will determine the scope of issues to be addressed and to identify the significant issues, including any legal deficiencies in the Final EIS, related to an oil and gas leasing program within the Coastal Plain.

The Department of the Interior will host six public scoping meetings from Tuesday, September 14, 2021, through Thursday, September 16, 2021. We encourage all Alaskans who are able to testify on Tuesday September 14, so that the Administration hears from Alaskans first.

If this date doesn’t work for you, don’t hesitate to participate in another meeting!

For those calling from out of state, please register for any meeting that works with your schedule.

To participate, register here. If you plan to testify, you must sign up to do so beforehand. Each speaker will be limited to three minutes.

If you register to provide testimony: speakers will be called on in a randomly assigned order. You will be given notice two speakers ahead that your turn is coming. Priority will be given to those who have not testified before; if you have yet to speak up publicly, this is a good time to start!

Additionally, written comments will be accepted through October 4. You can submit online here.

Many of you have spoken out on this issue more times than we can count; you know why oil drilling must be kept out of the Arctic Refuge. Everything we said three years ago and thirty years before that remains true. Speak to your own connections to the Arctic Refuge. Share your scientific and cultural expertise. Share what you know about the urgency of transitioning off fossil fuels, not drilling for more oil in one of the most vulnerable regions on earth.

It might seem like a bit of déjà vu – and it is. But one key difference is that this administration has recognized the legal and scientific flaws of the Trump-era review. This is a chance to correct the record.
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