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.
deadline extended for Public Comments on the draft eis: March 13th
The Bureau of Land Management release the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for oil and gas leasing in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge on December 20th, 2018. The public has until February 11th, 2019 to make comments on this Draft. Comments can be submitted online here or by mail:
Attn: Coastal Plain Oil and Gas Leasing Program EIS
222 West 7th Avenue, Stop #13
Anchorage, Alaska 99513
public hearings announced January 30th, 2019
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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