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Northern Alaska Environmental Center

Conserving and protecting habitats in Interior and Arctic Alaska for wildlife, culture, environmental health and future generations since 1971.


Obama Administration Approves Shell’s Final Permit to Drill in the Chukchi Sea Days Before His Visit to Discuss Climate Change

Fairbanks, AK—Today the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) approved the final permits for Royal Dutch Shell (Shell) to enter hydrocarbon zones in the Burger J prospect, just 70 miles offshore from the village of Wainwright.

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National Conservation & Recreation Lands Service Day

Join the Northern Center, the Bureau of Land Management and the Conservations Lands Foundation for a day of outdoor public service in celebration of the National Conservation Lands' 15th Anniversary. BLM will provide materials for the construction of a rock bridge over the river on the trail to Mt. Prindle. Please come prepared to get your hands dirty and maintain our Fairbanks playground! Directions: Take the Steese Highway to mile 57, follow U.S. Creek Road for seven miles to Nome Creek Road. Four miles up the valley from the road junction is the Mount Prindle Campground. Please come prepared to get your hands dirty and maintain our Fairbanks playground! Directions: Take the Steese Highway to mile 57, follow U.S. Creek Road for seven miles to Nome Creek Road. Four miles up the valley from the road junction is the Mount Prindle Campground.

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Department of the Interior Approves Risky Extraction

Today the Department of the Interior (DOI) approved Royal Dutch Shell’s drilling plan for the Chukchi Sea—miles off the coast of Wainwright. Shell will receive two well permits to drill but these will not allow them to go into hydrocarbon zones, nor will it allow them to drill simultaneous wells. However, upon the return of the capping stack, held on the now broken Fennica, Shell may apply for yet another modified Application for Permit to Drill (APD).

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Court Victory for wilderness in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Court Victory for wilderness in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Court victory for wilderness in the Arctic Refuge. State’s latest effort to explore for oil and gas ruled illegal. "The coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is a national treasure and today’s decision to keep it off limits to any exploratory activity is a victory for those that call this place home and depend on it for their cultural way of life,” said Elisabeth Dabney, executive director of the Northern Alaska Environmental Center. “We can now more fully focus on a congressional wilderness designation to permanently protect one of America’s last most treasured landscapes."

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19th annual Run for the Refuge race results

19th annual Run for the Refuge race results

On Sunday, July 19 the Northern Alaska Environmental Center (Northern Center) celebrated the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (Arctic Refuge) with over 100 runners and spectators at the 19th annual Run for the Refuge.

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WEEKEND FOR THE ARCTIC: July 18 & 19

WEEKEND FOR THE ARCTIC: July 18 & 19

The Northern Center invites you to join us in raising Alaskans’ voices in solidarity--forging climate change and conservation action.

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Job Opening // Program Director

The Program Director coordinates and administers all aspects of the Northern Alaska Environmental Center’s (Northern Center’s) Arctic and Clean Water & Mining programs, and advises on all ongoing programs including planning, organizing, staffing, leading, and controlling program activities.

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Northern Voices Speaker Series || Frank Soos

Northern Voices Speaker Series || Frank Soos

Alaska State Writer Laureate Frank Soos will offer a sampling of books by contemporary Alaskan writers who venture off the road into a variety of natural environments.

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EXPLORATION PLAN APPROVED FOR SHELLS 2015 CHUKCHI SEA DRILLING

EXPLORATION PLAN APPROVED FOR SHELLS 2015 CHUKCHI SEA DRILLING

AK—Today the Department of the Interior (DOI) approved Royal Dutch Shell’s largest ever-contemplated exploration plan for the Chukchi Sea—often referred to as Lease Sale 193. The approval of Arctic Ocean drilling comes just days after the U.S. takeover of the Arctic Council, where their top priority is addressing the increasing threats of climate change in the region. This is in direct contrast to the Obama Administration’s commitment to immediate and effective climate action.

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Media Release: Lease Sales in the Chukchi Sea confirmed

Media Release: Lease Sales in the Chukchi Sea confirmed

The U.S. Department of the Interior confirmed Lease sales in the Chukchi Sea. These lease sales will allow Royal Dutch Shell to reenter the Arctic Ocean for oil and gas development.

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Winter 2015 The Northern Line

Winter 2015 The Northern Line

Here's our latest Digital Issue of The Northern Line - Winter 2015.

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Additional Rules for Arctic Ocean Drilling

Additional Rules for Arctic Ocean Drilling

Media Release: New Arctic Ocean drilling requirements required by the Department of the Interior, but not in time to regulate Shells operation in the Chukchi Sea this summer.

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Feds OK first permanent road in NPR-A

Feds OK first permanent road in NPR-A

"Today's decision by the Bureau of Land Management is disappointing. The National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (Reserve) is America's largest and most wild parcel of public land--a thriving and fragile ecosystem. This decision threatens the subsistence and cultural value of the Reserve's Special Areas. NPR-A should be protected to the highest extent possible to create a balance between conservation and development."

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Media Release - BOEM 5 year Ocean Plan

Media Release - BOEM 5 year Ocean Plan

Last week the federal Bureau of Ocean Management (BOEM) released its proposed five-year offshore leasing program for 2017-2022 including future leases in the Arctic Ocean.

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Chukchi Sea Drilling Lease

Chukchi Sea Drilling Lease

Northern Alaska Environmental Center media release for the BOEM final EIS regarding Lease Sale 193 which recommends drilling in the Chukchi Sea

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Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Comprehensive Conservation Plan Released - Media Release

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Comprehensive Conservation Plan Released - Media Release

The long-awaited Conservation Plan from USFWS has been released for the Arctic Refuge. Here is the Northern Center's Media Release for an Alaskan perspective.

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Media Release - Proposed Road to Ambler Cut from State Budget

Media Release - Proposed Road to Ambler Cut from State Budget

Ambler Mining District Industrial Access Road Cut from FY2016 State Budget

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AIDEA MEETING - ROAD TO AMBLER

AIDEA MEETING - ROAD TO AMBLER

We need your help to stop the proposed industrial mining road to Ambler. AIDEA is holding a two-day meeting about the road in Fairbanks on December 16 & 17th, 2014.

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