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.
On May 11, the Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management conditionally approved Shell’s plans to drill in the Chukchi Sea off the northwestern coast of Alaska, putting sensitive habitat at risk of an oil spill and other dangers.
The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management recently issued an analysis predicting that Lease Sale 193 in the Arctic Ocean’s Chukchi Sea—if developed—has a 75 percent chance of a large oil spill. Amazingly, the agency is proceeding with Shell’s plans to drill there.