Alert: Comment By Monday On Alaska's Future!
Next Monday is The Most Important Deadline We've Encountered This Year - All Future Generations Will Feel the Impact! ALERT - ALERT - ALERT SUPPORT ANWR NOW OR FOREVER HOLD YOUR PEACE!
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The US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) will complete its ANWR comment period Monday. The end result of that process could well be a recommendation flowing from the USFWS, to the Secretary of the Interior, to the President, to Congress recommending wilderness designation for the 1002 area designated by Congress as an oil and gas province. Government estimates of potential reserves make it the most exciting on-shore prospect in America for new oil production.
Without the ANWR production, the Trans Alaska Pipeline could close prematurely and eliminate over 80% of the state's revenue. Every Alaskan -- and Americans everywhere -- should be vitally involved. Roads, schools, social services, and the permanent fund are all at stake. Rural lifestyles and subsistence are at stake. Native corporation resource revenue sharing is affected. America's economy and national security are affected.
Yesterday we provided a Resource Development Council for Alaska 'red alert'.
Today, we provide our own alert and more background. PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK ABOVE TO COMMENT.
Below we have assembled for you a record of many good ANWR comments. More are coming this weekend. Please send us your own comments to post here.
- Our earlier story and your author's testimony.
- Governor Sean Parnell (NGP Photo). I strongly oppose any plan or wilderness review process that further encumbers or complicates the potential for oil and gas development on the coastal plain, specifically the area described in Section 1002 of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA).
- Scott Thorson (NGP Photo). In Alaska we do not need more land restrictions. Alaska contains 58 million acres of federal Wilderness. That is an area larger than the combined size of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire. Already, Alaska accounts for 53 percent of America's federal Wilderness areas. Taking more is just being needlessly greedy. ANLICA clearly in statute and in spirit prohibits any further land takings by the federal government. Alaskans do not want or need any additional land protected by the federal government.
- Tara MacLean Sweeney (NGP Photo). I am the Vice President of External Affairs for Arctic Slope Regional Corporation, and I am an Iñupiaq from Barrow, Alaska. My ancestry has footprints across the North Slope thousands of years old; not simply for a float trip in the summer. Our people are the aboriginal environmentalist for the region, long before it was trendy to have a membership in the Audubon Society. I submit to you comments on behalf of ASRC in opposition to proposed Wilderness designation for the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The village of Kaktovik is the only village within the 19.6 million acres of the ANWR boundary, and is situated within the 1.5 million acres of the Coastal Plain. In the context of the CCP revision process, the major problem with proposed Wilderness designation is that it will severely impact the subsistence activities and traditional way of life for the residents of the Village. Despite being private land owners within the Coastal Plain, the village will be surrounded by Wilderness, making the villagers essentially refugees on their own land. Subsistence activities are a major element of the traditional Native culture in the area and a primary source of nutrition for residents. Wilderness designation carries with it significant limitations on access and uses that will choke off traditional activities.'
- Bill Noll (NGP Photo). . I arrived here in 1968 with the US Army. After a combat tour in Vietnam I was assigned to Fort Richardson as a Major in an Infantry battalion. I stayed in Alaska after getting out of the Army. Since then I have done a variety of things. I have been elected Mayor of Seward, appointed State Deputy Commissioner for International Trade, and appointed State Commissioner of Commerce, Community and Economic Development. I have many years experience in the coal, fishing and travel businesses. I was the founding president and a 13 year board member of the Alaska Association for the Advancement of Marine Science, now operating as the Alaska Sealife Center. Along with my five grandchildren, the Sealife Center is one of my favorite things in my life. I have served on many boards and commissions, and am currently serving as a Commissioner for the Port of Anchorage and as a board member of Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife. I have two lines of thought to present to you, one having to do with money and the other with geo-politics. Then a summary. I have heard that USGS estimates about 10 billions barrels of oil under ANWR, and I've also heard that it could be delivered at the rate of about 1,500,000 barrels per day. As a matter of comparison that number is roughly the amount of crude that the US imports from Saudi Arabia daily. If crude trades at $100 per barrel, that means that each and every day US clearinghouses are sending $150,000,000 to Saudi Arabia. If crude is trading at only $80 per barrel, then it's $120,000,000 per day. In any case, that's the equivalent of Saudi Arabia winning several US State Lotteries every day. Instead, by developing ANWR, the US could keep its dollars at home and pay those dollars to companies who reside in the US. In the current fiscal situation in the US, this makes much better sense to me. As for the geo-political thought, we should not dismiss the possibility of war. Not necessarily here, but if something were to happen in Russia, the Mid-East, Indonesia or another oil producing region, and the availability of crude to the US were interrupted or curtailed, it is highly possible that someone would turn to ANWR to make up the difference. It is good to remember that during World War 2 the Alcan Highway was built is less than a year. I'm glad we did it. On the other hand, do we want to develop ANWR in a speeded-up, war or emergency scenario, because I believe that that's what will happen if we're forced to by dire circumstances. How much better it will be for all of us if we develop ANWR in a more measured atmosphere. In summary, my suggestion is that you report to the Secretary and the President, and cc the US Senate, that we should start developing ANWR tomorrow in order to do it the right way.
Thank you and welcome to Alaska. Sincerely,
William C. Noll
- Jeanine St. John (NGP Photo). Since the Alliance formed in 1979, we have advocated for the safe and responsible development of Alaska's oil and gas resources. On behalf of our nearly 500 members and their 40,000 Alaskan employees, the Alliance maintains its long tenure of support for oil and gas exploration in ANWR's Coastal Plain. We are adamantly opposed to new federal Wilderness designations in ANWR. The Coastal Plain of ANWR represents one of the most promising areas for new oilfield discoveries. That's clearly important to our members. But it's not just Alliance members that depend on robust oil and gas activity. The truth is that every Alaskan business, every Alaskan resident, is dependent upon a healthy petroleum industry in this state. ANWR could be a vital resource to the state's economic health and a strategic energy resource for America. The support industry believes that there can be both responsible development to meet energy and economic needs, and protection of the natural environment.
- Matthew A. Cronin, Ph.D. (NGP Photo). I think it's important for the science to be thoroughly presented on these issues and science should not be censored for political purposes. It is also important to clearly separate science from the policy. We use the science to help us make policy and management decisions, but the science doesn't dictate what we do or don't do. That's what we elect people for in our representative republic. With regard to ANWR (and other areas like northeast NPRA), I think we can manage new oil fields with success similar to that at Prudhoe Bay. With new directional drilling technology, we can situate the drilling and processing equipment to avoid certain areas, and limit particularly loud or distracting activity to times other than the calving season. Ice roads are built to operate in the winter and few caribou are on the coastal plain of ANWR in the winter.
- Richard Glenn (NGP Photo). Please review this outstanding history and commentary on ANWR, including the 1002 area created by ANLCA, by Arctic Slope Regional Corporation's Executive Vice President of Lands and Natural Resources.
- Paul McIntosh (NGP Photo).
I am a 32-year resident of Alaska. I am opposed to any recommendation for Wilderness designation of Area 1002. Please consider the following points.
- Congress excluded the "1002 area" from ANWR's large Wilderness block in a compromise struck under ANILCA. The compromise doubled the size of the Arctic Refuge and designated 8 million acres Wilderness. Congress also mandated a study of the 1002 area's environment and petroleum resources. In 1987, the Department of the Interior concluded oil development would have minimal impact on wildlife and recommended Congress open the coastal plain to development.
- Upwards of 16 billion barrels of oil and 18 trillion cubic feet of natural gas are estimated to lie within the 1002 area of ANWR.
- Responsible oil and gas development of the 1002 area of ANWR would provide a safe and secure source of energy to the nation, create hundreds of thousands of jobs throughout the country, and refill the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System, which is operating at one-third its original capacity.
- With advances in technology, it is possible to develop the coastal plain's energy reserves while directly utilizing very little (potentially only 2,000 acres) of the 1.5 million acres in the 1002 area. Such development would allow access to energy Americans need without any significant disturbance to wildlife.
- Wildlife populations have all remained stable or grown over the 35-year period of oil development on the North Slope. For example, the Central Arctic caribou herd at Prudhoe Bay has grown from under 5,000 animals in the 1970s to more then 66,000 animals today, an indication that wildlife and development can coexist.
- The 1002 area of ANWR must continue to be excluded from Wilderness designation.· There is no need for additional Wilderness designations in ANWR, given 92 percent of the refuge is already closed to development.
- Alaskans strongly oppose a Wilderness designation on ANWR's coastal plain. In fact, 78 percent of Alaskans support oil exploration on the in the 1002 area. Every Alaskan Governor and every legislature and elected congressional representative and senator from Alaska have supported responsible development. The North Slope Borough, the regional government for the entire Alaskan Arctic, also supports responsible development, as well as a strong majority of residents in Kaktovik, a village within the coastal plain.
- Alaska already contains 58 million acres of federal Wilderness, an area larger than the combined size of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire. Alaska accounts for 53 percent of America's federal Wilderness areas.
- A federal Wilderness designation over the 1002 area would forever place off-limits North America's most promising onshore oil and gas prospect to development and destroy the agreements made when ANILCA became law.
- If the 1002 area was designated Wilderness, the nation will continue to import billions of barrels of oil from foreign sources. Every barrel of oil not developed domestically is a barrel of oil imported from abroad, often produced under weaker environmental standards than those enforced in Alaska.