ANWR plain may be proposed for wilderness status

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For the first time in two decades, federal wildlife managers will take a look at how they administer the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, including the possibility of asking Congress to make 1.5 million acres of the long-disputed coastal plain off limits to oil and gas development by designating it as wilderness.

…The oil and gas, wilderness, and wildlife values of the coastal plain have already been studied," Governor Sean Parnell said. "It is a mistake for the federal government to initiate yet another planning process in ANWR, the most promising unexplored petroleum region in North America."

…"The Obama administration is wrong to pursue new wilderness in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge or anywhere else in Alaska," Senator Mark Begich said. "I'll fight any effort to block development of the enormous oil and gas likely beneath the Arctic Refuge."