Tell the BLM: Hands off the Arctic Refuge!

The Trump Administration is rushing a process to open the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling. 

Not only is oil and gas development a climate disaster, it will have significant negative impacts to:

  • The region’s air quality and water resources; 
  • Wildlife like polar bears and Porcupine caribou who call the Refuge home; and
  • Nesting birds from all of the lower 48 states.

In addition to imperiling one of the most iconic and important landscapes on Earth, drilling in the Arctic Refuge endangers the very survival of the Gwich’in people. The Gwich’in call the coastal plain “Iizhik Gwats’an Gwandaii Goodlit” or “the sacred place where life begins.” It’s the calving and nursing grounds of the Porcupine Caribou Herd, a key food source. Any industrial activity will be devastating to the Porcupine caribou, and subsequently, the Gwich’in who depend on the caribou for survival.

No drilling in the Arctic Refuge

To: Nicole Hayes, Project Manager, Bureau of Land Management

Please do not move forward with an oil development program in the 1002 Area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, but instead choose a no action alternative.

The coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is an iconic and breathtaking landscape. Any and all oil and gas development in the 1002 Area will not only be devastating to maintaining the integrity of the Arctic Refuge, it’ll be a climate disaster. 

The coastal plain is also a sacred landscape for the Gwich’in who have been marginalized in this process. The lack of meaningful consultation is appalling and points to the hurried drilling agenda of this administration without care for the public process, human rights, and climate change.

Any industrial activity in the Arctic Refuge is a huge risk that we should not be undertaking.