While Senate Pushes ANWR Drilling, Industry Looks Elsewhere
Environmentalists are chagrined at the pace of NPR-A development.
“We need to be talking about the North Slope overall, and the Arctic overall - the Arctic Refuge, the NPR-A and the Arctic Ocean – because the Trump administration wants to open it all,” said Nicole Whittington-Evans, Alaska regional director of The Wilderness Society.
Federal law requires protection of ecological resources and Alaska Native cultural rights to hunting and fishing areas, along with oil development, Whittington-Evans said. The Obama-era management plan, the product of years of scientific and public review, accomplished those goals, she said.
(Reporting By Yereth Rosen in Anchorage, Alaska; Editing by David Gregorio)
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