US begins review process for drilling in Alaska wildlife reserve
The Trump administration
this week will begin the environmental review process for oil
and gas drilling on a section of the Arctic National Wildlife
A notice from the US Department of the Interior says it will
hold meetings in five Alaskan towns where the public can speak
about drilling in the refuge, Reuters reports.
It is the first step in the review
process, which will consider proposed seismic testing and
Conservationists have vowed to fight the opening of the
Wilderness Society President Jamie Williams said the
Interior Department is "pursuing an irresponsibly aggressive
timeline for Arctic Refuge drilling that reflects the Trump
administration's eagerness to turn over America's public lands
to private industry for development."
The US Geological Survey estimated in 1998 estimated that the so-called "1002
area" of the refuge held
about 10.4 billion barrels of recoverable crude.