Federal court approves offshore oil and gas leasing in Beaufort Sea

The U.S. District court in Alaska today released their decision in favor of the Minerals Management Service’s lease sale 202 in the Beaufort Sea. The sale was part of MMS’s previous 5-year offshore oil and gas lease sale that ended in 2007. North Slope Borough officials challenged the sale in March 2007, claiming MMS should conduct a new Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) rather than a shortened Environmental Assessment.

Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage