In Defense of the Arctic Refuge

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In December the Trump administration released a draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) for oil and gas leasing on the Coastal Plain of the Arctic Refuge. In order to safeguard the Coastal Plain from oil and gas extraction, people have already submitted over 1 million comments in response to this administration’s deficient DEIS. For a comprehensive response to the DEIS please read the Arctic Refuge Coalition Leasing DEIS Comment Letter.

The polar bears hang out near the bone pile waiting for new bones to be added. Photo by Vicki Clark

The Coastal plain is essential for the Gwich’in people and the caribou, polar bears, and an array of fish, birds and mammals that need the Refuge to survive. Thank you to everyone who commented and rallied to ensure that this administration knows we will not stand aside when the Coastal Plain is threatened.

The comment period ends today March 13, 2019 at 10:00 PM AKST. Add your voice to this important fight.

Submit comments via the Alaska Wilderness LeagueDefenders of Wildlife, or directly through the website, blm.gov/alaska.

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