The U.S. Chamber of Commerce submitted the following comments on the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) proposed Management and Protection of the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska (NPR-A), proposed September 8, 2023.
"Congress created the NPR-A as a commitment to U.S. energy security at a time of increasing energy use. A century after its designation, increased energy demand is forecast for decades to come. BLM’s rule would make future development in NPR-A, including on existing leases, near impossible due to new restrictions and standards. The rule will jeopardize energy security for both the U.S. and its allies, and it fundamentally ignores the economic and climate benefits of domestic production. Further, it is counter to Congressional direction. As such, the Chamber opposes the proposed plan and encourages BLM to redraft it consistent with Congressional intent."