Directional drilling: Just another ploy to drill the Arctic Refuge

In their push to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil development, Alaska’s Congressional delegation, it seems, will try just about anything. Last month, Senator Lisa Murkowski introduced legislation that would allow directional drilling into the refuge, a plan she claims would have no surface impacts. In this television news story from Anchorage, The Wilderness Society’s Alaska Regional Director Eleanor Huffines explains why this isn’t so.

Although the U.S. Senate Energy Committee voted against Murkowski’s directional drilling plan last month, Alaska’s senior Senator and her pro-drilling colleagues are likely to take up the issue again when Congress returns from its August recess.

Click here for the second piece in this television news series.