TITLE

Major oil spill in Alaska

AUTHOR(S)
Leopold, Jason
PUB. DATE
June 2006
SOURCE
Earth Island Journal;Summer2006, Vol. 21 Issue 2, p44
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article discusses oil drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), Alaska after a major oil spill in Alaska. With its March passage of a budget measure, the US Senate approved a provision to open up the ANWR to drilling, just as the region suffers one of the worst oil spills in its history. The measure was prepared by the Republican-controlled Senate in such a way that it would be protected from a filibuster by Senate Democrats opposed to it. Drilling in ANWR has been debated at least half a dozen times over the past five years. George W. Bush, President of the U.S. claims that drilling in ANWR is crucial in order for the U.S. to cut its dependence on foreign oil. Environmentalists and numerous lawmakers have derided the plan, saying it would lead to the destruction of caribou and other wildlife that live in the refuge. Moreover, severe safety and technological issues have plagued the big oil companies that drill in nearby Prudhoe Bay and that would be responsible for breaking ground in ANWR should the Senate measure pass. Despite those dire warnings, neither Congress nor the Senate has shown interest in investigating the whistleblowers' claims, nor held hearings about the potential problems that could result from drilling in ANWR.
ACCESSION #
20713242

 

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