Cover letter to David Hayes, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of the Interior, that accompanied The Wilderness Society's economic analysison the Izembek Land Exchange and Road Corridor Draft Environmental Impact Statement. October 22, 2012.
With the passage of P.L. 111-11 (the Omnibus Public Land Management Act) Congress initiated a process to review a proposed road through the heart of the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge, as well as a potential land exchange.
Roads have a profound effect on wildlife. Every year millions of mammals, birds and amphibians are killed by vehicles traveling on America’s roads. The indirect impacts of roads on wildlife and their habitat can be just as damaging.
The oil and gas industry and their allies continue to insist that the only way to address our country’s energy challenges is to open more public lands and waters to oil and natural gas drilling, and reduce environmental and safety standards. In truth, oil and gas drilling in America