Thanks to a new bill in Congress, one of America’s greatest wild places -- the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska -- might become permanently protected as a wilderness area.
In December, Congress passed a spending bill that funded most of our federal government for the next fiscal year. Unfortunately the bill included a dangerous addition that could undermine long fought-for plans to conserve greater sage-grouse habitat across 11 western states.
The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management recently issued an analysis predicting that Lease Sale 193 in the Arctic Ocean’s Chukchi Sea—if developed—has a 75 percent chance of a large oil spill. Amazingly, the agency is proceeding with Shell’s plans to drill there.