20 Jul '17, 11am

America’s Arctic could soon open up to a new wave of risky offshore oil and gas drilling |

America’s Arctic could soon open up to a new wave of risky offshore oil and gas drilling |

Despite protections put in place last year, America’s fragile and treasured Arctic could soon open up to a new wave of risky oil and gas drilling. Every five years, the US Department of Interior creates a plan that says where oil and gas companies can purchase leases for offshore drilling. The most recent one, finalized in January, excluded new oil and gas leasing in the Arctic waters offshore of Alaska. But now the Trump administration is starting a process to change that plan, which could lead to the removal of important Arctic protections and authorization of new leasing in this incredible landscape. The Arctic was kept out of the most recent five-year plan to protect the marine mammals, seabirds, and other wildlife that live there, along with their migratory paths and sensitive habitats. And native communities in Alaska continue to depend on the health of these subsist...

Full article: https://www.worldwildlife.org/stories/america-s-arctic-co...

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