In a preview of what could happen with offshore drilling in the Arctic Ocean, an underwater natural gas pipeline has been leaking in Alaska since December, and no repair is expected until late April, at the earliest.
Emboldened by Donald Trump’s election, the Republican-controlled Congress has again set its sights on opening Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration. The threat to the refuge’s fragile coastal plain is greater than it has been in more than a decade.
“Public lands are America's common ground and a critical part of the climate solution. President-elect Trump’s administration should continue the bi-partisan tradition of protecting the lands, water and wildlife that all Americans share.
Less than a week after announcing a joint U.S/Canada agreement to combat climate change and prioritize Arctic conservation for the benefit of indigenous peoples, the Obama administration released a proposed five-year plan for offshore oil and gas leasing that includes Alaska’s Arctic Ocean
In addition, under Secretary Sally Jewell’s leadership, the Department of the Interior and its Bureau of Land Management have taken significant steps to modernize energy production on the millions of acres of publicly owned land they a