US Oil, gas drilling in pristine Alaska refuge takes step ahead

02:05  20 april  2018
02:05  20 april  2018 Source:   ap.org

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For nearly a decade, the now-senior senator from Alaska has been introducing bills to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge up to the oil and gas industry. Trump administration nominee wants to open pristine Alaskan refuge to drilling .

Forces in Congress are moving to open the pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling , bypassing debate by including the controversial move in the upcoming appropriations bill. Alaska ’s coastal plain, 1.5 million acres of protected land known as Area 1002

In this undated photo provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, an airplane flies over caribou from the Porcupine Caribou Herd on the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in northeast Alaska. The Trump administration is moving toward oil and gas drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. A notice being published Friday, April 20, 2018, in the Federal Register starts a 60-day review to sell oil and gas leases in the remote refuge. Oil and gas drilling in the pristine area in northeastern Alaska is a longtime Republican priority that most Democrats fiercely oppose. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via AP)© The Associated Press In this undated photo provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, an airplane flies over caribou from the Porcupine Caribou Herd on the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in northeast Alaska. The Trump administration is moving toward oil and gas drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. A notice being published Friday, April 20, 2018, in the Federal Register starts a 60-day review to sell oil and gas leases in the remote refuge. Oil and gas drilling in the pristine area in northeastern Alaska is a longtime Republican priority that most Democrats fiercely oppose. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via AP)

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is moving forward on oil and gas drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, fulfilling a longtime Republican priority that most Democrats fiercely oppose.

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15: A Senate committee on Wednesday voted to approve legislation that would open a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling , moving one step closer to achieving a priority for Alaska Republicans and other conservatives.

29-9-2017 · Senate Republicans set the stage for using the oil drilling in alaska budget kindergarten homework pages to end the 37-year ban on oil and gas drilling in Alaska ’s pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge .

A notice being published Friday in the Federal Register starts a 60-day review to sell oil and gas leases in the remote refuge, one of the most pristine areas in the United States and home to polar bears, caribou, migratory birds and other species.

President Donald Trump has said he "really didn't care" about opening a portion of the refuge to oil drilling but insisted it be included in recent tax legislation at the urging of others.

Addressing fellow Republicans at a GOP conference in West Virginia in February, Trump said a friend told him that every Republican president since Ronald Reagan wanted to get oil drilling approved in the refuge.

"I really didn't care about it, and then when I heard that everybody wanted it — for 40 years, they've been trying to get it approved, and I said, 'Make sure you don't lose ANWR,'" Trump said.

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(Bloomberg) -- Senate Republicans set the stage for using the budget to end the 37-year ban on oil and gas drilling in Alaska ’s pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge . A provision in the budget resolution, released Friday

Republicans Want to Allow Drilling in an Alaskan Wildlife Refuge . But Oil Companies Might Not be Interested. And in that time environmentalists have typically countered that the development would endanger wildlife and disrupt pristine land that remains untouched by humans.

President Bill Clinton vetoed a GOP plan to allow drilling in the refuge in 1995, and Democrats defeated a similar GOP proposal a decade later.

The plan being published Friday starts a 60-day environmental review that includes public meetings in Anchorage, Fairbanks and other sites, including three in northern Alaska.

Assistant Interior Secretary Joe Balash called the drilling plan "an important facet for meeting our nation's energy demands and achieving energy dominance" and said he looks forward to visiting Alaska communities most affected by the plan.

The state's all-Republican congressional delegation welcomed the move as a step "to responsible energy development."

Democrats and environmental groups denounced the plan and said it was "shameful" that it would be published on Earth Day — and on the eighth anniversary of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the nation's worst environmental disaster.

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11-1-2018 · Despite congressional approval, oil and gas drilling in Alaska 's ANWR is still years away. Regulatory steps , potential lawsuits could slow the push for exploration in Alaska 's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge .

Republicans on Thursday took another step closer to fulfilling their goal of allowing oil and natural gas drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge , by passing a 2018 budget plan. The budget resolution, which the House passed 216-212, includes instructions for lawmakers to create

"The Trump administration's reckless dash to expedite drilling and destroy the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge will only hasten a trip to the courthouse," said Jamie Rappaport Clark, president of Defenders of Wildlife. "We will not stand by and watch them desecrate this fragile landscape."

Washington Sen. Maria Cantwell, top Democrat on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, called drilling "fundamentally inconsistent" with the refuge's purpose. "Ignoring that reality and hurtling toward a pre-determined outcome is a recipe for disaster and a massive waste of taxpayer dollars," she said.

The Trump administration and congressional Republicans said the drilling plan would help pay for tax cuts approved by Congress and signed by Trump in December. GOP lawmakers project at least $1 billion in revenue from drilling leases over 10 years.

Environmental groups and other critics call those projections wildly optimistic, saying low global oil prices and high exploration costs are likely to limit drilling revenue.

The administration plan calls for at least two major lease sales over the next decade in at least 400,000 acres (625 square miles) each in the refuge's coastal plain. Surface development would be limited to 2,000 acres (3 square miles).

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