BLM released mining, conservation plans for eastern Alaska

    The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has announced plans to open up about one-quarter of the 6.5 million acres it manages in eastern Alaska to possible mining or oil and gas development.

    FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has announced plans to open up about one-quarter of the 6.5 million acres it manages in eastern Alaska to possible mining or oil and gas development.

    The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that as part of the plan revealed Friday, officials will also designate about 1 million acres as areas of critical environmental concern. The designation would protect the area by limiting off-road vehicle use and resource development.

    The new areas being considered for mining or oil and gas operations are located outside the region's existing protected areas.

    BLM officials have to wait 30 days from the release of the Eastern Interior Resource Management Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement to adopt any of its recommendations.

    More from News of the North

    Crude Oil Price

    Current Conditions