No Oil Drilling in Fragile Parts of the Western Arctic Reserve
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No Oil Drilling in Fragile Parts of the Western Arctic Reserve

    1. Sponsored by

      The Wilderness Society

Alaska’s Arctic is home to some of the best wildlife habitat in world -- and we have until October 1 to speak out for its protection.

The Western Arctic Reserve (a.k.a the "National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska") is the largest remaining tract of wild land in the United States -- 23 million beautiful acres on Alaska’s Arctic slope. The Reserve is home to caribou, polar bear and millions of warblers, ducks, geese, eiders, and millions of other migratory birds.

Since 1976, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has managed the Reserve and, along with citizens, has identified “Special Areas” with exceptional wildlife habitat.

We must ensure that all Special Areas of the Reserve are protected from oil and gas development. Without these protections, we're opening the door for increased threats to caribou, polar bear and millions of migratory birds that fly south to the parks, refuges, legal hunting areas and birdfeeders in our own backyards.

The Department of Interior needs to hear from you about why these Special Areas need to be protected from pipelines, oil spills, and road building so that the birds and other wildlife of the Reserve can continue to nest and breed in the wild tundra, and make their annual pilgrimages.

Timing is urgent: We only have until October 1 to send public comments. Please sign this petition urging the Department of Interior to keep oil drilling out of Special Areas of the Western Arctic Reserve. The only safe drilling for all of the Special Areas is no drilling at all.

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    • Gloria Monroe GRANTS PASS, OR
      • over 3 years ago

      God Bless the wilderness society! We don't want dirty oil's fossil fuels anyway!

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