Lease Plan Gets Panned

January 21, 2022

By Laine Welch


Alaskans gave a big thumbs down to a proposed oil and gas lease sale at Lower Cook Inlet that includes nine blocks covering over one million acres of seafloor. The waters are located off the mouth of Kachemak Bay’s Critical Habitat Area created  by the Alaska Legislature in the 1970s and are widely used by sport and commercial fishermen


Of the 92,899 public comments made over 45-days to the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) on its draft environmental impact statement, 99.98% were opposed to the lease sale (called 258), according to Cook InletKeeper.


The area includes federal waters three miles offshore that the government recently closed to Cook Inlet commercial salmon fishing.


The BOEM will next issue a final EIS that responds to all substantive comments. At that time, they would adopt an action alternative (proposed action, no action, or an alternative). After a 30-day wait period, a record of decision is issued.


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