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Ellen Montgomery, Public Lands Campaign Director, (720) 583-4024,  Josh Chetwynd, Communications Manager, (303) 573-5558,   

Environment America Delivers More Than 14,000 Petitions to Chevron Opposing Drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Public opinion continues to favor safeguarding our most pristine areas and endangered wildlife.


With the Trump administration planning to conduct a controversial lease sale of land tracts in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge on Wednesday, Environment America mailed more than 14,000 petitions to Chevron asking the oil company not to drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

The Bureau of Land Management is rushing this lease sale with a public comment period still open on seismic activity in the refuge. The incoming Biden administration is opposed to drilling in this pristine area.

Environment America Public Lands Director Ellen Montgomery issued the following statement:

"The signatures on this petition represent something much larger. They represent a bedrock American principle that some places should stay wild, no matter what. We hope that Chevron and other oil companies will agree that no amount of oil is worth the destruction of endangered polar bear denning areas and caribou calving grounds. With public opinion, the incoming administration, and even major banks against the destruction of this precious place, we hope that all oil companies will take a pass on this lease sale."

With Environment America, you protect the places that all of us love and promote core environmental values, such as clean air to breathe, clean water to drink, and clean energy to power our lives. We're a national network of 29 state environmental groups with members and supporters in every state. Together, we focus on timely, targeted action that wins tangible improvements in the quality of our environment and our lives.

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