A very important public hearing process is underway that could help determine the fate of future oil and gas development on the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve (ANWR).
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released its Draft Revised Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) and Environmental Impact Statement for ANWR. The public has an opportunity to provide feedback through November 15, 2011.
First Things First Alaska Foundation supporters should be actively engaged in this process, presenting testimony in opposition to a Wilderness designation of the Coastal Plain. The Service should manage the 1002 area in a manner that preserves the option of responsible oil and gas development in the future.
The draft plan includes several alternatives which would designate the Coastal Plain Wilderness. Such a designation would preclude any future oil and gas development in an area considered America’s most promising onshore oil and gas prospect.
It is vital the Service hear from Alaskan’s about how critical ANWR’s Coastal Plain is to Alaska’s future energy and the nation’s energy security. Those wanting wilderness status for the Coastal Plain will turn out in force. In fact, the Sierra Club recently held a “fun event” to get their members to attend a public hearing held in Anchorage and testify against the future of ANWR. Please do not let them outnumber us or speak on your behalf!
How to comment:
Online Submittal: http://arctic.fws.gov/ccp.htm
Mail: Sharon Seim, Arctic NWR, 101 12th Avenue, Room 236, Fairbanks, AK 99701-6237
A copy of the draft plan and additional materials are available at http://arctic.fws.gov/ccp.htm
Opening a small portion of the Alaska National Wildlife Reserve for oil and gas development is a vital component in reducing the nation’s dependence on foreign oil supplies. Additionally, the benefits to Alaska would be huge in helping to refill the Trans-Alaska Pipeline.