On Tuesday, December 19, the U. Karl Tate, LiveScience Infographic Artist on. She too rejects the argument that with low oil prices companies won't be interested in drilling in the 1002 area. Polar bears could possibly go extinct in our lifetimes. We partner with Friends groups in all 50 states, volunteers across the Refuge System, private businesses, and other conservation groups to make the most impact we can. The threat to the Arctic Refuge is more real than it has ever been.
The Trump Administration has made their intentions for the Arctic Refuge unquestionably clear. Any leaks and spills, large or small, would exacerbate these damages and forever impair this American wilderness. He has a degree in graphic design from Louisiana State University. This attempt — the first major one in 13 years — will be no different. Fish and Wildlife Service manages the remaining acres to maintain their wilderness characteristic. The ground beneath the Arctic Refuge, like much of Alaska, is believed to contain oil and natural gas reserves. Birds migrate from the Arctic Refuge to every state and territory in the United States, and some even venture to other continents! The Arctic Refuge belongs to all Americans, and this shared resource must not be irreversibly tarnished so that a select few can earn a quick profit.
. Money from oil and gas development is an important source of income in Alaska, which has suffered from recent fiscal woes as the price of oil has plummeted. Any lease sale or drilling would likely be years away, assuming there is enough industry interest in the area for drilling. Congress is on the hunt for cash to offset Republicans' planned tax cuts. The Inupiat native corporation is heavily vested in the oil industry. Visitors should contact individual refuges for the latest information opening schedules and accessibility and visitor services.
The Exxon Valdez spill in1989 spilled an estimated 260,000 to 900,000 barrels; the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 spilled about 4. Public hearings will be held in Anchorage, Arctic Village, Fairbanks, Kaktovik and Utqiagvik and possibly other areas if there is strong community interest, the agency said. Bush tried to get it. It is up to all of us to ensure our Arctic Refuge remains permanently protected to safeguard its irreplaceable landscapes that its wildlife call home. The first lease sale will be held after completion of an environmental analysis and will offer at least 400,000 acres for bid. Soon after their visit, Wilderness Society President Olaus Murie and his wife, Margaret, along with other conservationists and scientists, began exploring the region and subsequently advocated for it to be placed under federal protection. Eventually Exxon and the state hope to export it to Asia.
In lifting the moratorium, Congress ordered two lease sales in the refuge — the first within four years, the second within seven. We are a trusted resource for lawmakers when it comes to Refuge System issues, and our successful advocacy record speaks to our effectiveness on Capitol Hill. This country has been defined by its wild places. Geological Survey Why is the Arctic Refuge Threatened? That just happens to be here. Surface development on the federal land would be limited to 2,000 acres.
The South Carolina-sized swath of mountains and tundra is home to more than 250 species. House passed the Republican tax reform bill; the Senate was expected to vote on it soon. Anti-drilling: environmental groups, congressional Democrats and some Alaska Natives. Republicans have tried for years to open the refuge to exploration. Proponents say recent major oil discoveries and successfully executed projects on nearby state lands prove there is both demand and the know-how to drill in the Arctic. They say revenue estimates are vastly overblown, drilling is too big of an ecological risk and the greenhouse gas emissions would hurt Alaska — which is warming at a rate 2.
They see it as an opportunity to boost their economy and bring in thousands of jobs for decades. But those estimates were based on tests that relied on technology that is now out of date, so additional seismic testing may be needed to get a better picture of what lies underground. The refuge is critical habitat for these animals, particularly as concerns mount over species loss due to the reduction of sea ice due to climate change. The results have long been kept secret. For 37 years, the Refuge Association has fought to keep this refuge closed to oil and gas development. Before joining Purch, Karl spent 11 years at the New York headquarters of The Associated Press, creating news graphics for use around the world in newspapers and on the web. Environmentalists have threatened legal action to block drilling in the refuge.
The government of Canada actually issued in the refuge, reminding the Trump Administration that the two nations signed a 1987 agreement to protect the Porcupine herd and its habitat. Geological Survey has conducted a resource assessment of the area. We will be gearing up our people to continue to defend what is sacred to us. Once signs the legislation, Alaska leaders, Republicans and the oil industry will have accomplished a goal at the top of their energy priorities. Source:LiveScience Karl Tate, LiveScience Infographic Artist Karl has been Purch's infographics specialist across all editorial properties since 2010. With the enactment of the continuing resolution, the National Wildlife Refuge System is slowly resuming regular operations, the schedule for individual wildlife refuges may vary depending on staff size and complexity of operations.