This month, the Bureau of Land Management released their Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Coastal Plain Oil and Gas Leasing Program--the plan to drill in the irreplaceable wilderness of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. BLM has selected the most aggressive of their four options, meaning they have chosen to not exclude some areas in order to protect biological and ecological resources. Ironically, this proposal was released the same day as the Senate released their wilderness bill, and a day before the House voted to restrict drilling in the Refuge completely.
The final EIS itself denies there is a climate crisis, and instead asserts that warming ecosystems will be better for farming and society in general.
Additionally, the final EIS acknowledges mass extinctions but says that that climate change (which they deny in other parts of the document) will mask the effects of any oil and gas extraction.
Overall, the final EIS is factually and legally flawed, but now that it has been released, lease sales could potentially start in the next month or two. We are filing a lawsuit to stop the lease sales, but we need your help on the Congressional front.
Luckily, there are members of Congress and wildlife refuge supporters like you that do not believe the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge should be destroyed for short-term gain. On September 11, the House passed a bill that would prevent oil and gas leasing, development, production, and transportation to and from the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The Senate introduced their partner bill the day before, and we need your help to get it passed.
The National Wildlife Refuge Association has been fighting for decades to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from external forces that would destroy its beauty and the home it provides for numerous species of wildlife. We will win this fight with your help!