Northern Alaska Environmental Center
Conserving and protecting habitats in Interior and Arctic Alaska for wildlife, culture, environmental health and future generations since 1971.
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).
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."
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.
The Northern Center invites you to join us in raising Alaskans’ voices in solidarity--forging climate change and conservation action.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here's our latest Digital Issue of The Northern Line - Winter 2015.
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.
"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."
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.
Northern Alaska Environmental Center media release for the BOEM final EIS regarding Lease Sale 193 which recommends drilling in the Chukchi Sea
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.
Ambler Mining District Industrial Access Road Cut from FY2016 State Budget
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.
The proposed road to the Ambler Mining District would make thousands of acres in the Brooks Range accessible for open-pit mining. Read our fact sheets to find out more about the potential impacts of this mega-project.
The public comment period is open now and there are opportunities to attend Open Houses to learn more about the SIP (State Implementation Plan) and to comment on it in person if you wish to. Written comments are due VERY soon: December 19, 2014.