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Drilling Impacts

Harmful infrastructure and activities on Alaska's North Slope have permanently harmed wildlife, wilderness and Alaska Native culture.

ADEC spill database 1995-2009
This is the ADEC spill database for Alaska's North Slope for 1995-2009 (data table extracted from original access data file obtained from Camille Stephens, ADEC, Juneau).
Broken Promises: The Reality of Big Oil in America's Arctic (2003)
This report written by Pamela A. Miller for The Wilderness Society compares the oil industry's claims that future oil development on Alaska's North Slope will be benign with documented impact of past and present oil development, including industry's track record of spills and government's lax regulation.
Prudhoe Bay Spawl Photo
The 2,000 Acre Hoax
Sen. Murkowski's Dangerous Directional Drilling Bill
The latest scheme to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to risky and dangerous oil and gas development is Senator Lisa Murkowski's S. 351, the ‘No Surface Occupancy Western Arctic Coastal Plain Domestic Energy Security Act.’ This bill would waive vital environmental laws and erase the very values for which the Refuge was originally set aside 50 years ago – to protect “its unique wildlife, wilderness, and recreational values.” The bill contains so many loopholes and exaggerated claims that it is hard to see this legislation as anything more than a Trojan horse aimed at opening the entire Arctic Refuge Coastal Plain to oil leasing, exploration and development.
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