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Victory for Alaskans! Judge rules Best Interest Finding for Beaufort Sea Leasing is Unconstitutional

The public will have the opportunity to participate in Alaska Department of Natural Resource (ADNR) decisions about whether other uses, such as subsistence hunting and fishing, and the public’s resources are jeopardized at each phase of oil and gas development in the Beaufort Sea in a case brought by NAEC and other groups...

Victory for Alaskans!   Judge rules Best Interest Finding for Beaufort Sea Leasing is Unconstitutional

Beaufort Sea Ice

The public will have the opportunity to participate in Alaska Department of Natural Resource (ADNR) decisions about whether other uses, such as subsistence hunting and fishing, and the public’s resources are jeopardized at each phase of oil and gas development in the Beaufort Sea.  “This decision finally allows Inupiat voices to be heard before financial interests affect our way of life,” said Inupiat resident of Kaktovik Robert Thompson, Chairman of Resisting Environmental Destruction on Indigenous Lands (REDOIL).   The Beaufort Sea is a rich living estuary for migratory birds, whales, and other animals where drilling  in the State of Alaska’s 3-mile zone risks spills and cumulative impacts to coastal communities and adjacent shores like Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.  Northern Alaska Environmental Center joined REDOIL and others in the case filed by Trustees for Alaska.  Read the Press Release and Court Decision.

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