In late April, the Trump administration began a process that would put the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge on the auction block for oil and gas leasing, opening the door for the fossil fuel industry to turn this iconic wilderness into an oilfield.
The process launches a 60-day period for the public to weigh in on what factors the government should consider in evaluating the potential environmental impacts of drilling for oil and gas on the Arctic Refuge’s coastal plain.
Oil and gas drilling would have devastating and irreversible impacts on the people and wildlife for whom the Arctic Refuge is home, as well as on our climate. Tell the Trump administration NO to drilling in the Arctic Refuge!
To the indigenous Gwich’in people, the Arctic Refuge is “the sacred place where life begins.” It is home to hundreds of iconic species, including caribou, polar bears, Arctic foxes and migratory birds from all 50 states and six continents. For the Gwich’in, whose culture and way of life depend on the porcupine caribou herd that migrates through and gives birth to its young on the coastal plain, drilling directly threatens cultural identity and food security.
Shortly after oil industry allies used a provision in the Republican tax bill to force open the refuge for drilling, the industry began discussing with the administration how to advance drilling, without ever notifying or consulting with the Gwich’in.
This egregious drilling proposal would sacrifice one of our last pristine wild places just to profit the oil and gas industry, while exacerbating climate disruption and its harsh impacts in the already rapidly warming Arctic. Stand with the Gwich’in to defend the Arctic Refuge and submit your comment today!