On September 12, 2019 the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would stop oil and gas drilling in America's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Now the U.S. Senate needs to do its job and protect the Arctic Refuge by passing the "Arctic Cultural and Coastal Plain Protection Act" (HR 1146).
The 20 million-acre Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is unparalleled in its wild grandeur, ecological wholeness, and vast scale. Polar bears, caribou, muskoxen, wolves, Dall sheep, brown bears, wolverines, arctic foxes, and more than 200 bird species depend on the refuge for survival. In fact, nearly all of the Arctic Refuge is designated Wilderness or recommended for wilderness designation by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
As you may recall, in December 2017, Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and the Trump administration deviously circumvented normal law-making procedures to attach an amendment to the GOP’s Tax Cut bill that opened the coastal plain of America’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling. The GOP Tax Cut bill mandated at least two oil lease sales on the Arctic Refuge's coastal plain before 2027.
In fact, hours after the U.S. House passed HR 1146, the Trump administration released its Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for oil and gas drilling in the Arctic Refuge, which calls for opening the ENTIRE 1.6 million-acre Coastal Plain to oil and gas leasing. Wilderness Watch and our allies will be challenging the EIS, so we'll keep you posted.
America's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge needs your help now more than ever, so please take action to keep the Arctic Refuge wild and free from drilling and development. Tell your senators to co-sponsor, support and pass the "Arctic Cultural and Coastal Plain Protection Act!"
Tell your senators to co-sponsor, support and pass the "Arctic Cultural and Coastal Plain Protection Act!"
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