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Notice of Availability of the Area Identification for the Proposed Cook Inlet Oil and Gas Lease Sale 258

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Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Interior.


Area identification.


The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announces the availability of the Area Identification (Area ID) for the proposed Cook Inlet Oil and Gas Lease Sale 258 (Cook Inlet Lease Sale 258) in the available northern portions of the Cook Inlet Planning Area.

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Patricia LaFramboise, Supervisor of Leasing and Plans, Alaska Regional Office, 907-334-5271, or Wright Jay Frank, Chief, Leasing Policy and Management Division, 703-787-1325,

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On January 17, 2017, the Secretary of the Interior approved the 2017-2022 National Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Program (2017-2022 National OCS Program), which included Cook Inlet Lease Sale 258 scheduled in 2021. Details of the 2017-2022 National OCS Program can be found at​National-OCS-Program/​. In accordance with 30 CFR 556.301, BOEM published a Call for Information and Nominations (Call) [1] on the area identified in the 2017-2022 National OCS Program for the proposed Cook Inlet Lease Sale 258. The Call solicited industry nominations for areas of leasing interest and sought comments and information from the public on the areas being considered. BOEM analyzed the comments received in response to the Call and identified the areas that warranted further leasing consideration and analyses of the proposed sale's potential leasing effects on the human, marine, and coastal environments. This Area ID is not a Start Printed Page 4117decision to lease and is not a prejudgment by the Department of the Interior to proceed with proposed Cook Inlet Lease Sale 258. A decision to lease must be preceded by a number of steps, including, but not limited to, completion of environmental analyses, opportunities for the State of Alaska and other interested parties to comment, and issuance of Proposed and Final Notices of Sale.

The Area ID is available for viewing and downloading on BOEM's website at​ak258. It also may be obtained from the Alaska Regional Office, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, 3801 Centerpoint Drive, Suite 500, Anchorage, Alaska 99503-5820; telephone: 907-334-5200.

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Authority: This Area ID is published pursuant to the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, as amended (43 U.S.C. 1331-1356), and the implementing regulation at 30 CFR 556.302.

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Walter D. Cruickshank,

Acting Director, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.

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1.  85 FR 55859, September 10, 2020.

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[FR Doc. 2021-00777 Filed 1-14-21; 8:45 am]