BOEM extends EIS comment period for proposed Beaufort Sea lease sale

The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has extended the public comment period for a proposed environmental impact statement (EIS) relating to a proposed 2019 Beaufort Sea oil and gas lease sale, the agency’s Anchorage office said on Dec. 11.

Due to disruptions caused by the Nov. 30 Anchorage-area earthquake, the comment period, formerly scheduled to end Dec. 17, will now end Jan. 4, 2019, it said.

BOEM already has held one public meeting on the matter, but has rescheduled three others, it said. Those meetings now will be held in Utiqiagvik (Barrow) on Dec. 17, Nuiqsuit on Dec. 18, and Kaktovik on Dec. 19, the agency said.

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