The 2018 Senate Interior Appropriations bill would eliminate protection for roadless areas in Southeast Alaska’s Tongass National Forest (our nation’s largest national forest) and the spectacular Chugach National Forest near Anchorage.
In a preview of what could happen with offshore drilling in the Arctic Ocean, an underwater natural gas pipeline has been leaking in Alaska since December, and no repair is expected until late April, at the earliest.
Stepping up their attacks on public lands and the Arctic Ocean, Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Sen. Dan Sullivan met this week with President Trump and new Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to make the case for more oil drilling in the Arctic.
Alaska Legislature renews its assault on the Arctic Refuge
Renewing its assault on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the Alaska House of Representatives recently passed a resolution that urges Congress to open the refuge’s fragile coastal plain to oil exploration.
Less than a week after announcing a joint U.S/Canada agreement to combat climate change and prioritize Arctic conservation for the benefit of indigenous peoples, the Obama administration released a proposed five-year plan for offshore oil and gas leasing that includes Alaska’s Arctic Ocean