The U.S. Bureau of Land Management signed and issued leases on nine tracts of land totaling 437,804 acres of the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Leases were issued to Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA), Knik Arm Services LLC, and Regenerate Alaska Inc. The BLM released information on the leases here.
Chief Dana Tizya- Tramm, Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation, responded to the lease sale here.
“Today, with the issuance of these leases, we are the closest we have ever been to drilling in Izhik Gwats’an Gwandaii Goodlit. But the fate of these lands is not yet sealed. Tomorrow, a new U.S. Administration, one that has promised to restore protections of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, will be sworn in.”
“Our work will not stop until Izhik Gwats’an Gwandaii Goodlit is permanently protected.”