The Obama administration will be halting any prospect of oil drilling after proposals to protect millions of acres of wilderness in Alaska.
Oil exploration in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge will be halted after the White House announced that it plans on setting aside over 12 million acres as wilderness, according to the Washington Post.
The much-fought-over coastal plain has sparked a fierce battle with Republicans despite the fact that President Obama said the area is considered fragile.
Alaska’s National Wildlife Refuge is an incredible place – pristine, undisturbed. It supports caribou and polar bears, all manner of marine life, countless species of birds and fish, and for centuries it supported many Alaska Native communities. But it’s very fragile.
The areas within the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge will include 1.52 million acres of the refuge’s coastal plain, 5.85 million acres of the Brooks mountain range and 4.92 million acres of the Porcupine Plateau.
However, for the past 35 years, the Democrats and Republicans have fought over how to best manage the ANWR, which is known to hold a significant amount of petroleum reserves while also providing an important habitat for millions of migrating birds, polar bears, calving caribou and other Arctic wildlife.