02 Feb '18, 11pm

Alaska becomes key battleground in fight for America’s public lands #conservation https://t.co/1RZkwrjKgG

Alaska becomes key battleground in fight for America’s public lands #conservation https://t.co/1RZkwrjKgG

With federal moves to drill for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and the Arctic Ocean, and a plan to build a road through Izembek National Wildlife Refuge ’s designated wilderness, Alaska has become ground zero in the Trump administration’s efforts to turn over our public lands to development interests. As 2017 came to an end, Congress voted to open the biological heart of the Arctic Refuge —its sensitive coastal plain and the calving ground of the Porcupine Caribou Herd—to oil and gas development. This came on the heels of a massive lease sale that offered every available acre of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska—more than 10 million acres—to the highest bidders. (Ultimately, less than 80,000 acres were sold, at bargain-basement prices.) The administration is also starting the work of revising America’s Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program, wi...

Full article: https://wilderness.org/blog/alaska-becomes-key-battlegrou...

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