The coastal plain of the Arctic Refuge provides vital denning habitat for endangered polar bears.
The U.S. Senate today failed to remove a provision for its budget resolution that is designed to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling after decades of bipartisan support for protecting this 19.3 million-acre tract that is one of the last pristine, untouched wild places in America. In response, The Wilderness Society released the following statement from its president, Jamie Williams:
“This move by the Senate poses a grave threat to the Arctic Refuge, and Americans should be outraged at the shameless hijacking of the federal budget process. This fight is far from over. Now is the time for Americans across the country to speak out. Congress cannot sneak this through the back door when they think nobody is looking. The Arctic Refuge is simply too fragile and special to drill, and we have a moral obligation to protect it for future generations of Americans.
“We thank Senators Cantwell, Markey and Bennet for leading the effort to strike the drilling provision from the budget resolution.”
Memo: Arctic Refuge 2017 Timeline: https://wilderness.org/press-release/memo-arctic-national-wildlife-refuge-2017-timeline
Q&A on Trump administration efforts to open Arctic Refuge to oil exploration: https://wilderness.org/press-release/qa-trump-administration-efforts-open-arctic-refuge-oil-exploration
Too Wild To Drill Report: https://wilderness.org/sites/default/files/Too_Wild_Too_Drill_September_2017.pdf