BLM says it decided to cut the land from the sale based on comments it got during a 30-day period that ended last Thursday, which included concerns about caribou, polar bear and bird habitat.
The state says nearly 8,000 gallons of “slop oil” leaked out of an underground line at Hilcorp’s onshore Trading Bay production facility.
The Gwich’in Steering Committee and 12 other groups filed a motion in U.S. District Court requesting the preliminary injunction. Separately, about a half-dozen conservation groups represented by Earthjustice filed a similar motion asking the court to freeze oil leasing and seismic activity in the coastal plain.
Gov. Mike Dunleavy wants the state government to sever its ties with financial institutions that won’t finance oil and gas development in the Arctic.
According to the statement of sale posted online Monday, the minimum bid will be $25 per acre. Companies can submit their sealed bids to Bureau of Land Management between Dec. 21 and Dec. 31. Those bids will be unsealed at the 10 a.m. auction on Jan. 6, which will be broadcast online.
In a last-minute push, the Trump administration announced Thursday that it will auction off drilling rights in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in just over a month, setting up a final showdown with opponents before President-elect Joe Biden takes office.
“With more nurses and doctors, and everyone down to our housekeepers, out sick, that just puts additional strain on the system,” she said. “And not just in my hospital, but kind of all over the state.”
The Trump administration is close to auctioning off drilling rights for the land in northeast Alaska — potentially just days before President-elect Joe Biden takes office in January. But to what degree will the industry participate?
Conservation groups say the Trump administration is rushing the process to open ANWR before President-elect Joe Biden takes office.
More and more workers are out sick or quarantining. At the same time, more patients with coronavirus are filling hospital beds.