The future of Teshekpuk Lake and other Special Areas in the western Arctic’s National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska are at stake today as the Bureau of Land Management releases its draft environmental impact statement for the NPR-A and opens a 60-day public comment period.
The U.S. is exporting more gasoline than we import for the first time since 1949, according to the Energy Information Agency. These record high gasoline exports are undermining congressional calls to turn important conservation lands into oil and gas fields.
Data from the Bureau of Land Management that shows that as of September 30, 2011, the oil and gas industry had more than 7,000 unused Approved Drilling Permits - the final approval needed before beginning to drill for oil or gas.
The Wilderness Society has joined a coalition of Alaska Native and conservation groups in a lawsuit challenging the Obama administration’s decision to allow Shell to begin offshore drilling in the Arctic Ocean next summer.
Shell's ongoing oil spill battle in the North Sea is disturbing, but it is made even more disturbing given that Shell recently received conditional approval to move forward with dangerous drilling plans in Alaska's Arctic waters next summer.
The following statement from The Wilderness Society Alaska Regional Director Nicole Whittington-Evans is in response to the House Natural Resources Committee markup of the Southeast Alaska Native Land Entitlement Finalization and Jobs Protection Act , commonly called the Sealaska Lands Bill, (H.