Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, known as the crown jewel of America's wildlife refuge system, supports more varieties of plant and animal life than any other protected area in the Arctic Circle.
U.S. Representatives Don Young and Doc Hastings have introduced H.R. 1964 in an effort to scrap the Department of the Interior’s recently finalized, comprehensive plan for the western Arctic’s National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, the nation’s largest tract of public land.
Despite decades of Americans saying “no” to oil and gas drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska’s governor has proposed a plan that includes seismic testing and exploratory drilling in the very heart of the refuge – the coastal plain.
In a clear concession that no oil company is a match for Arctic weather, Shell's president Marvin Odum announced on February 27 that Shell will "pause" it's exploratory drilling operations for the year.
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.