Protect the Arctic Refuge
The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is under threat like no other time. Through the Trump Administration's Tax Cut and Jobs Act the most vital and sensitive portion of the Refuge (the 1002 Coastal Plain area) has been changed from a "refuge" to a mandated zone for oil and gas development.
The potential impacts of oil and gas development to resources such as water, air, fish and wildlife, subsistence resources, caribou migration, culture, community health, recreation, wilderness, climate change, and more.
The EIS should include scientific studies AND Indigenous traditional science.
Translation in Gwichin and Inupiaq is necessary. The EIS and all related documents should be understandable to ALL, especially those most impacted. All meetings should also have translators present.
Extend the commenting period 120 days, Alaskans and the rest of the country do not have adequate time to comment.
More public hearings are necessary. The Arctic Refuge is a national treasure, all U.S. citizens should have the opportunity to give public comments.
International laws and public process should be followed. Development in the Refuge will have impacts on Canadian residents, they too should have the opportunity to voice their concerns.
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