- Bureau of Land Managementpublic comments
No Oil Drilling in Fragile Parts of the Western Arctic Reserve
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.
- public comments
Bureau of Land Management
We, the undersigned, urge you to continue to protect sensitive bird and wildlife habitat in the National Petroleum Reserve – Alaska, the “Western Arctic Reserve”.
Given the dangerous history of oil drilling on Alaska’s Arctic slope, we ask that you keep wildlife-rich and environmentally-sensitive areas such as Teshekpuk Lake and all of the other BLM and citizen Special Areas permanently off-limits to oil drilling. Polar Bears, caribou and millions of songbirds, waterbirds, and waterfowl breed in the Reserve. Many of these bird species make the long flight from Alaska’s Arctic to parks, refuges, and backyards throughout the nation every year. We want these ancient migrations to continue for generations to come.
The only safe drilling for these birds and other wildlife is no drilling at all – please keep the sensitive habitats of the Reserve off-limits to oil and gas drilling.
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