Alaskan oil and wildlife - which side are you on?
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|Fri, 10-05-2012 - 10:00pm|
The first comprehensive plan to manage the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska, allows for new drilling on half of the nearly 23 million-acre reserve while putting the rest off-limits to oil and gas exploration.
The move — which leaves open the possibility of constructing a pipeline to transport oil and gas extracted from the Chukchi Sea onshore — drew praise from environmentalists but sharp criticism from oil and gas proponents who said it would restrict the industry’s ability to tap the nation’s hydrocarbon resources.