The Department of Interior announced an extension, until May 30th, for comment information and nominations covering a proposed lease sale in Alaska’s Beaufort Sea Planning Area in 2019. This lease sale threatens to expedite oil and gas exploration in this culturally and environmentally sensitive area. This announcement comes prior to the finalization of the 5 -year plan for outer continental shelf drilling. This action ignores the comments from not-only over 1.5 million Americans, but the communities across Alaska that depend on these coasts for survival. Please comment here.