Trump Administration Moves to Open Arctic Refuge to Drilling Studies

NEW YORK TIMES, BY LISA FRIEDMAN.  An Interior Department memo has proposed lifting restrictions on seismic surveys in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, which may open it to drilling.

The document proposes ending a restriction that had limited exploratory drilling to the period from Oct. 1, 1984, to May 31, 1986. It also directs the agency to provide an environmental assessment and a proposed rule allowing for new exploration plans. The document, a copy of which was obtained by The New York Times, was first reported by The Washington Post.


Memo on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

The text of the Interior Department memo.


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Alaska Dispatch News

Our respected, expert friends at the Resource Development Council for Alaska urge this action of their members and we concur!  -dh

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a proposal to withdraw its July 2014 Proposed Determination on the Pebble Deposit Area. This proposed determination was a clear overreach and an attempt to assess the effects of a potential mining project, without the project plans.
The proposed determination is not based on actual mine plans. It focuses on the effects of a mining project that has not been proposed, and for which key engineering solutions, environmental safeguards, and mitigation measures have not been provided. This is a deeply flawed speculative approach.

Action Requested:

Please write to the EPA in support of withdrawal of the proposed determination. The withdrawal proposal is a good step to reverse the undermining of existing regulatory processes and federal overreach. The public comment period will run through 7:59 p.m. October 17, 2017.

A full action alert and points to consider for comments can be found here