Don’t Rent Cook Inlet Anymore

By Becky Long

Updated: seven hours ago Published: seven hours ago

The US oil and gas industry is now established with more than 9,000 leases on federal public lands and waters that are already approved. But the vast majority is not used. Industry should first develop these leases before the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, or BOEAM, offers further oil and gas leases on the outer continental shelf under the proposed OCS oil and gas lease program currently proposed by BOEM and the draft environmental impact statement.

The lower lease sale of Cook Inlet 267 is proposed in this five-year plan in 2026. No new leases are expected to occur. The no-action alternative is the best alternative.

I ask: where is the interest of the industry in all this? The industry is experiencing a decline in workers and jobs, due in part to automation. Investors are held back and reluctant to invest due to the many defaults in the industry and the recognition of the industry’s impacts on climate change. About a quarter of all US climate change emissions come from federal public oil and gas leasing.

I’m sick of the industrial moaners wanting more and more without even using what they have. In June of this summer, 110 square miles were leased on federal land in seven western states. I could talk endlessly about the negative effects on habitat, our fish and wildlife populations, quality of life, and pollution, to name a few. But the simple problem is that this proposed 5-year plan is an industry overrun. It’s useless. Please comment on by October 6 on BOEM-2022-0031-0001. There should be no new rentals in the lower Cook Inlet.

—Becky Long


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