The Arctic Ocean is a remote and harsh environment, making oil drilling especially dangerous. It also is home to wildlife and local populations for whom an oil spill would be devastating.
The remote and frigid Arctic Ocean is home to whales, polar bears and other marine mammals. It is under great pressure from the oil industry, so we're working to keep it safe from drilling and oil spills.
Drilling for oil in the Arctic Ocean is a recipe for disaster. The Wilderness Society is committed to protecting the ocean and its shores from drilling.
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- Friday, February 23, 2018
Late last night a U.S. District Court in California reversed the Interior Department’s suspension of the Bureau of Land Management’s Methane Waste Prevention Rule, noting that the agency failed to justify its decision to postpone core provisions of the rule.
In response, The Wilderness Society issued the following statement from Energy and Climate Program Director Chase Huntley:
- Wednesday, February 21, 2018
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- Monday, February 12, 2018
Today, the Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management announced a new methane waste rule to replace its own regulations that went into effect only about one year ago. The new rule eliminates important environmental and public health protections established under the 2016 rule and will result in increased natural gas waste and reduced taxpayer revenue.
The following statement is from Jamie Williams, president of The Wilderness Society: