Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Joe Balash, who oversaw oil and gas drilling on federal lands, had encouraged drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
A Center for American Progress review shows the Trump administration's proposal downplays risks in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Large swaths of the pristine Alaska wilderness could be leased for fossil fuel development as early as next year.
And the Trump administration is looking to green light new surveys — a move scientists warn comes with significant risks.
“After that I said, 'Oh, make sure that’s in the [tax] bill,'" he said.
The president looks to open the Arctic, Atlantic and Pacific oceans in his push for an “America-First Offshore Energy Strategy.”
Any oil and gas development “stands to disrupt this fragile, critically important landscape,” the lawmakers wrote last month.
"This means everything to me. And it means everything to my people,” said one demonstrator.
“The Arctic Refuge isn’t a bank — drilling there won’t pay for the tax cuts the Senate just passed.”
“Any development footprint in the refuge stands to disrupt this fragile, critically important landscape,” the 12 House GOP lawmakers wrote.
The approval is “a totally boneheaded decision by a reckless administration," one environmentalist said.