North Slope Foothills Areawide Oil and Gas Lease Sales: Final Finding of the Director

The State of Alaska is proposing to offer for lease all available state-owned acreage in North Slope Foothills areawide oil and gas lease sales from 2011-2020. The Director of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources (ADNR), Division of Oil and Gas (DO&G), has made a final finding that holding these lease sales is in the best interest of the state.

The area of the North Slope Foothills lease sale contains approximately 7.6 million acres in 1,347 tracts ranging in size from 1,280 to 5,760 acres. Approximately 3.2 million of these acres are either Native-owned or Native-selected, and will not be included in the lease sales. The area consists of unleased, state-owned lands lying between the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A) and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), south of the Umiat Baseline and north of the Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve (Map 1.2).The lease sale area is within the North Slope Borough (NSB) and is adjacent to and north of the community of Anaktuvuk Pass. The communities of Barrow, Kaktovik, and Nuiqsut are nearby, but outside of the lease sale area. In 2008, the population of the Borough was 6,615. Approximately 74% of Borough residents are Alaska Native or part Native.

This report documents the directors determination and includes the following chapters: Executive Summary, Introduction, Description of North Slope Foothills Lease Sale Area (communities, cultural resources, temperature, precipitation, climate, geology, permafrost, erosion, flooding), Habitat, Fish and Wildlife ( caribou, moose, brown bear, muskoxen, dall sheep, furbearers, birds, dolly varden, arctic grayling, whitefish, salmon), Current and Projected Uses, Oil and Gas in North Slope Foothills Area, Government Powers, Reasonable Foreseeable Effects, Mitigation and Regulatory Requirements.

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ISO Topics biota, boundaries, climatologyMeteorologyAtmosphere, economy, environment, geoscientificInformation, inlandWaters, society, structure
Primary Organization Alaska Department of Natural Resources
Organization Types State
Status Complete
End Date 2011-05-26
Created February 23, 2016, 01:40 (AKST)
Last Updated August 13, 2021, 11:24 (AKDT)