Arctic Refuge Drilling

The Trump Administration and oil interests want to open the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling. Do we even have to list all the reasons why this is a bad idea? We’re doing everything we can to stop this -- including going after Big Oil. Join us!

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

Video Credit: Porcupine Caribou Management Board

Here are just some reasons why oil and gas development in the Arctic Refuge is a bad idea:

Oil and gas development is a climate disaster.
Oil and gas wells mean a large footprint on the landscape including roads, pipelines, and buildings.
The majority of the coastal plain is designated as Critical Habitat for polar bears.
The coastal plain supports nesting birds from all all fifty states and 6 continents.
The coastal plain Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is an iconic landscape worthy of wilderness protection.
Drilling in the Arctic Refuge endangers the very survival of the Gwich’in people. 

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