Category Archives: Arctic Oil Drilling

The question of whether to drill for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) has been an ongoing political controversy in the United States since 1977. The issue has been used by both Democrats and Republicans as a political device, especially through contentious election cycles, and has been the subject of much debate in the National media.

ANWR comprises 19,000,000 acres (77,000 km2) of the north Alaskan coast. The land is situated between the Beaufort Sea to the north, Brooks Range to the south, and Prudhoe Bay to the west. It is the largest protected wilderness in the United States and was created by Congress under the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act of 1980. Section 1002 of that act deferred a decision on the management of oil and gas exploration and development of 1,500,000 acres (6.1×109 m2) in the coastal plain, known as the “1002 area.” The controversy surrounds drilling for oil in this subsection of ANWR.

Much of the debate over whether to drill in the 1002 area of ANWR rests on the amount of economically recoverable oil, as it relates to world oil markets, weighed against the potential harm oil exploration might have upon the natural wildlife, in particular the calving ground of the Porcupine caribou.

Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Fran Ulmer Coast Guard Artic Oil Drilling

Fran Ulmer Coast Guard Artic Oil Drilling US not ready for Arctic oil drilling, say officials By Karin Zeitvogel WASHINGTON — The United States is ill-equipped to deal with a major oil catastrophe in Alaska, the Coast Guard admiral who … Continue reading

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Bearded Ringed Seals Arctic Ocean

Bearded Ringed Seals Arctic Ocean NOAA proposes threatened listing for Alaska ringed, bearded seals by Jackie Bartz ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The federal government says projected sea ice loss could wipe out two seal populations.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration … Continue reading

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