In a preview of what could happen with offshore drilling in the Arctic Ocean, an underwater natural gas pipeline has been leaking in Alaska since December, and no repair is expected until late April, at the earliest.
Emboldened by Donald Trump’s election, the Republican-controlled Congress has again set its sights on opening Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration. The threat to the refuge’s fragile coastal plain is greater than it has been in more than a decade.
Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski has revived her ongoing attack on Alaska’s Izembek National Wildlife Refuge by introducing a bill (S. 3204) that would force construction of a road through a designated wilderness area.
Less than a week after announcing a joint U.S/Canada agreement to combat climate change and prioritize Arctic conservation for the benefit of indigenous peoples, the Obama administration released a proposed five-year plan for offshore oil and gas leasing that includes Alaska’s Arctic Ocean