Senate Drill Bill Will Destroy The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

For Immediate Release

Contact: 

Gwen Dobbs, 202 - 544 - 5205, gwen@alaskawild.org

Alaska Wilderness League

Senate Drill Bill Will Destroy The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

WASHINGTON - Today, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee released a bill to  drill in the biological heart of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The committee also  scheduled its markup for Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. in Room 366 of the  Dirksen Senate Office Building.

Statement by Adam Kolton, Executive Director, Alaska Wilderness League:

“This bill would giveaway Arctic Refuge oil to China and other countries hungry for exports. It  would allow roads, pipelines, gravel mines and well pads to be erected across the entire birthing  grounds of the Coastal Plain, where caribou calve and where polar bear mothers den. 

Nothing in this bill can magically make these  fantastical revenue assumptions materialize .

What this bill would do is turn America’s last great wilderness into a lost wilderness. Senator  Lisa Murkowski  had promised some kind of new and improved directional drilling, but that’s  just a talking point. What we got was simply misdirection and deception. The fact is that is that  the entire 1.5 million acres could be offered up in two massive lease sales. It’s  deplorable that a backdoor budget maneuver is being used to ram Arctic drilling through  without a full, fair and open debate. It’s immoral that this bill would risk the subsistence culture  of the Gwich’in for a fool’s gold of exaggerated money and jobs. An d it’s wrong to pretend to  offer a tax cut with one hand and rob our children and grandchildren of their rightful heritage with the other."

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