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Lease Sale 258

Cook Inlet OCS Oil & Gas Lease Sale 258

The Department of the Interior will not move forward with Lease Sale 258 in the Alaska Region’s Cook Inlet due to lack of industry interest in leasing in the area. This sale was included in the 2017-2022 National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program.   

Background on lease sales in the OCS off the coast of Alaska can be found at Sale 258 Status Update.

 

Lease Sale Chronology
2021
May 11 The Department of the Interior will not move forward with Lease Sale 258 in the Alaska Region’s Cook Inlet due to lack of industry interest in leasing in the area. This sale was included in the 2017-2022 National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program.
Dec 13 Comment period closes. Comments received during the comment period will be used to inform preparation of the final EIS.
Oct 29

A Notice of Availability for the draft Environmental Impact Statement referenced below (see entry for Oct. 22) is published in the Federal Register. This publication initiates a 45-day comment period ending at 11:59pm ET on Monday, Dec. 13. During that time, comments may be submitted in two ways:

  1. At any time until the close of the comment period, written comments may be submitted. Simply go to Regulations.gov, the U.S. Government’s official commenting portal, and click on the button on the upper left titled “Comment.”
     
  2. Oral comments may be submitted via any of three virtual public hearings, scheduled for the following dates (all times Alaska time):

  • Tue, Nov. 16 – 6:30pm to 8:30pm
  • Wed, Nov. 17 – 2pm to 4pm
  • Thu, Nov. 18 – 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Comments received, whether via regulations.gov or through a virtual public hearing, will be used to inform preparation of the final EIS.

Oct 22

BOEM publishes a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) analyzing the potential environmental impacts of proposed Cook Inlet OCS Oil & Gas Lease Sale 258.

A Notice of Availability for the draft EIS will be published in in the Federal Register on Friday, Oct. 29. The Oct. 29 publication will initiate a public comment period open through 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, Dec. 13. During the comment period, any interested party may submit comment on the draft EIS through regulations.gov, the federal government's official commenting portal. A link to the regulations.gov commenting docket will appear on this page when the comment period opens.

In addition, BOEM will host three virtual public hearings during the comment period.

SCHEDULE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS

Nov. 16 (6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.)

Nov. 17 (2 p.m. to 4 p.m.)

Nov. 18 (6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.)

During the public hearings, any interested party may submit testimony and have it become part of the public record. A registration link for the public hearings will be posted to this page beginning Oct. 29.

Comments received, whether via regulations.gov or through a virtual public hearing, will be used to inform preparation of the final EIS.

Aug 24

Department of the Interior outlines next steps in leasing program.

Aug 16

Department of the Interior confirms that it has appealed the preliminary injunction entered by the district court in Louisiana v. Biden. During the appeal, bureaus are directed to “proceed with leasing consistent with the district court’s injunction.”

Jun 15

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana issues a nationwide preliminary injunction barring the Biden administration from implementing a pause on new oil and natural gas leases on public lands or in offshore waters.

Mar 24

Thirteen states file suit (Louisiana v. Biden) in federal court challenging actions taken pursuant to President Biden’s Executive Order 14008.

Feb 23

A notice formally withdrawing the public review period for Lease Sale 258 appears in the Federal Register.

Feb 04

Pursuant to Executive Order 14008, BOEM cancels the public comment period on the Lease Sale 258 draft EIS. A notice formally announcing the withdrawal will be published in the Federal Register in the next few weeks.

Jan 27

President Biden issues Executive Order 14008 (“Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad”), directing federal agencies to “pause new oil and natural gas leases on public lands or in offshore waters pending completion of a comprehensive review and reconsideration of Federal oil and gas permitting and leasing practices.”

Jan 15

Notices of Availability for the Area Identification Decision and the draft Environmental Impact Statement, respectively, are published in the Federal Register, as referenced below. The comment period is scheduled to close Monday, March 1.

Jan 13

BOEM publishes an Area Identification Decision and announces the availability of a draft Environmental Impact Statement. The bureau will publish separate Notices of Availability for both documents in the Federal Register’s Reading Room tomorrow (Thursday, Jan. 14); and in the Federal Register itself Friday, Jan. 15.

The Jan. 15 publications will initiate a 45-day public comment period on the draft EIS, which will close Monday, March 1. During this time, BOEM will provide more information, supporting documents and instructions for commenting via the Virtual Meeting Room linked below.

Virtual meetings, accessible via the same URL, will be held on the following dates (all times Alaska Time):

Feb. 9 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Feb. 10 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Feb. 11 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

2020
Nov 11 Following the Sept. 10 – Oct. 13 scoping period, BOEM publishes the Final Scoping Report for proposed Cook Inlet OCS Oil & Gas Lease Sale 258.

Oct 13

Comment period ends.

Sep 10

The Notice of Intent to Prepare an EIS and the Call for Information and Nominations referenced below are published in the Federal Register.

Sep 09

BOEM announces it is seeking public comment on two documents — A Call for Information and Nominations (Call) and a Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) — relating to a proposed 2021 oil and gas lease sale in the federal submerged lands under Cook Inlet, off Alaska’s southcentral coast.

Both documents will be published in the Federal Register Thursday, Sept. 10. BOEM will receive public comment on both documents through 11:59 p.m. ET Oct. 13.

During the public comment period, members of the public may visit the Proposed LS 258 Virtual Meeting Room to find out more about the proposed lease sale. The Virtual Meeting Room provides an opportunity for submitting questions about the Call and EIS, as well as directions on submitting comments for the public record.

BOEM will also host two live, virtual public meetings during the comment period. These sessions will be held at 6:30 p.m. Alaska Time on Tuesday, Sept. 29; and at 6:30 p.m. Alaska Time on Thursday, Oct. 1.