The Department of the Interior announced yesterday that the Proposed Notice of Sale for Lease Sale 258 in Cook Inlet, Alaska, will be available for review in the Federal Register tomorrow.

A Proposed Notice of Sale gives the state governor the opportunity to submit comments and recommendations to BOEM regarding the size, timing and location of the lease sale.

In the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), Congress directed that the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) hold Lease Sale 258 by Dec. 31, 2022.  

BOEM will propose to offer up to 224 blocks toward the northern part of the Cook Inlet Planning Area, from roughly Kalgin Island in the north to Augustine Island in the south, in water depths ranging from 33 feet to 260 feet. BOEM released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Lease Sale 258 in October 2021, and a final EIS and Record of Decision will be published later this fall. A Final Notice of Sale will be published at least 30 days prior to the date of the sale.