Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Drilling
The US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) manages 19.64 million acres of territory in northeastern Alaska—larger than the entire state of South Carolina—known as the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). This federally protected area has increased in size through several pieces of legislation since it was first established as the Arctic National Wildlife Range in 1960. The federal government seeks to conserve the natural biodiversity of the region as well as protect the interests of the indigenous populations resident within its territory.
Geological surveys submitted to Congress in 1980, 1987, and 1998 revealed the potential for vast amounts of oil and other energy resources in the ANWR. However, federal restrictions have prevented surveyors from learning more about how much oil...Read more