Alpine Oil Development: Nothing to Brag About

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Proponents of opening the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil development profess a commitment to strict environmental regulation, and they assert that new technologies — particularly ice roads and directional drilling — will make drilling in the Arctic Refuge environmentally benign. They cite the recent Alpine oil development as the state-of-the-art showcase for this new technology. Yet the sprawling, piecemeal development that has actually occurred at Alpine — has far exceeded the oil companies' initial disclosures, and its environmental and other impacts keep increasing.

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