Congressman Alan Lowenthal (CA-47), today, issued the following statement following the Trump Administration finalization of plans that will allow expanded oil and gas development on the 1.6 million acre coastal plain within the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR):
“Often called the ‘biological heart’ of the ANWR, the coastal plain is not just a national treasure–it is a fragile and pristine ecosystem that is also a sacrosanct place for the Gwich’in people which they call ‘the sacred place where life begins.’
“The oil and gas industry’s Republican enablers in Congress slipped an ANWR drilling mandate into their 2017 tax bill. There was no separate bill, there was no debate, and there was no vote on opening this wilderness to development.
“Now the Trump Administration has brought to fruition the dreams of the oil and gas industry that has for so long seen this pristine wilderness as nothing more than a promising cash cow, with billions of dollars of oil just waiting to be drilled and sold.
“Beyond the lure of short-term profits for the oil and gas industry, there is no reasonable or economic reasons to turn this fragile wilderness into the newest Arctic oil and gas field.”
“This is yet another ill-conceived handout to the oil and gas industry by an administration which continues to prove on a near daily basis that it cares very little for either the environment or the true desires of the American people.”
This article was released by the Office of Congressman Alan Lowenthal.