On August 4, 2021, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management published the Notice of Intent to prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to the September 2019 Coastal Plain Oil and Gas Leasing Program EIS in accordance with the Secretary of Interior’s Order 3401, Comprehensive Analysis and Temporary Halt on all Activities in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Relating to the Coastal Plain Oil and Gas Leasing Program.

The Supplemental EIS will provide a comprehensive analysis of the potential environmental impacts of the Program, including by addressing the deficiencies identified in the Secretary’s Order.

The Notice of Intent initiated the public scoping process for the Supplemental EIS. Comments on issues, impacts and potential new alternatives to be analyzed may be submitted in writing until October 4, 2021. See theĀ Get Involved page for information on how to submit comments as part of this process.

At this time the BLM also released a tentative schedule for the Supplemental EIS process.