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December 1, 2017

Earthjustice Responds to Senate Vote on Drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Senators vote to open Refuge to drilling despite widespread opposition among American voters

Contacts

Rebecca Bowe, rbowe@earthjustice.org, (415) 217-2093

Washington, D.C.

In a close floor vote this evening, the Senate voted to approve a budget bill containing a highly controversial provision opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling. Senators approved the spending package on a 51-49 vote.

The following is a statement from Earthjustice President Trip Van Noppen:

“The decades-long fight to protect the Arctic Refuge will continue beyond today’s Senate budget vote. Pro-drilling Senators faced many roadblocks before getting to this point, because drilling in the Arctic Refuge has no place in the budget process. Despite opposition from a majority of Americans who want the Refuge to remain protected, drilling proponents are willing to turn one of our last wild, intact landscapes—sacred to the Gwich’in people—into an industrial oil field. There is some Republican opposition in the House to including this poison pill in the final budget, and Earthjustice will fight hard to defeat this measure and preserve this treasured landscape for future generations.”

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Hillebrand / U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

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