The Last Expanse

Home to the migrating Porcupine Caribou herd and denning polar bears, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is the last expanse. The refuge spans a length of over 19 million acres (~ the size of S. Carolina) and it needs your help. This land is held sacred by the Gwich’in people, who are connected to Caribou as their main food source and way of life, as they have been for thousands of years. The Trump administration, working with Republicans in Congress and an Alaska Native corporation, is pushing for oil exploration in the refuge. Approval from Congress to open the area to oil exploration was included in the 2017 tax bill as a way to generate new revenue for the federal government. By next year, the Interior Department expects to begin selling the first drilling leases. According to the NYTimes, “the Trump administration is on pace to finish an environmental impact assessment in half the usual time. An even shorter evaluation of the consequences of seismic testing is nearing completion. Within months, trucks weighing up to 90,000 pounds could be conducting the tests across the tundra as they try to pinpoint oil reserves.”

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The Last Expanse