Conservation Organizations Call for Protection of Western Arctic

CONTACT: Sean Trambley Cell: 925-250-3174 Email: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Alaska (June 20, 2017)–Today, thirteen organizations sent a letter to Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke urging continued protection of the Western Arctic. The letter highlights the groups’ opposition to changing the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska’s Integrated Activity Plan to diminish current … read more


Zinke dismisses balanced plan, instead promotes reckless drilling in Western Arctic

Today’s Secretarial Order prioritizes drilling in sensitive caribou calving grounds and migratory bird sanctuaries WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 31, 2017)—Earlier today, at the Alaska Oil and Gas Association Conference, the Secretary of Interior signed Secretarial Order (S.O.) 3352. The S.O. attempts to open over 11 million acres of fragile habitat to … read more


Adventures Through Alaska’s Western Arctic

Gazing across the horizon I pick out a mountain that doesn’t look too far away to hike. From our campsite, the view a few miles across the tundra to the rocky ridge looks unimpeded and smooth—we’re above the Arctic tree line after all. It should be an easy trek to … read more


Decision Point for the Western Arctic

In just a few weeks, the Bureau of Land Management will issue its final decision for the first oil production facility in Alaska’s Western Arctic. The National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (Reserve) is our nation’s largest parcel of public land, and over half of its 23 million acres are available for oil … read more


Journey on the Etivluk River in Alaska’s Western Arctic

There are few places in the U.S. where you can find herds of wild animals living as they have for thousands of years. In Alaska’s Western Arctic that’s about all you can encounter as it is home of two of the largest caribou herds in the country. I just visited … read more


BLM Falls Short of Comprehensive Analysis of Proposed Western Arctic Development

Late last month, the Alaska Office of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released a set of five draft alternatives for the development of the first commercial oil production facility on federal land within the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (Reserve). The proposed Greater Mooses Tooth oil and gas development is located in the wildlife … read more


Legislation Aims to Nullify Balanced Approach in Western Arctic

Today, the House of Representatives passed the Federal Lands, Jobs and Energy Security Act of 2013 (H.R. 1965), introduced by Representative Doug Lamborn (R-CO). If signed into law, the legislation would nullify protections for the most critical wildlife habitat and native subsistence areas within the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (Reserve). The bill … read more


House Bill Seeks to Nullify Balance in Western Arctic

Today, the House Natural Resources Committee passed H.R. 1964, the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska Access Act, introduced by Representative Doc Hastings (R-WA). If signed into law, the bill would nullify the Obama administration’s balanced plan for the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (Reserve). The current plan, finalized earlier this year, protected the most critical wildlife habitat and native subsistence areas within … read more


BLM Protects Five Special Areas During Western Arctic Leasing Process

This past week the Bureau of Land Management issued a call for nominations for the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (Reserve). This “call” is the first step toward putting forward an oil and gas lease sale that will likely take place this November. Nominations for lease sales will not be honored for roughly 11 … read more


Proposed Legislation Nullifies Balanced Approach in Western Arctic

Today, the House Natural Resources Committee held a legislative hearing on H.R. 1964, the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska Access Act, introduced by Representative Doc Hastings (R-WA). The bill would nullify the Obama administration’s recently finalized management plan for the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (Reserve), our nation’s largest unit of public lands. The … read more