Beaufort Sea Oil and Gas Leases in Alaska
January 1, 2004
The Club joined a coalition of environmental groups in October, challenging the Bush administration’s plan to lease oil and gas in the Beaufort Sea in Alaska, including areas off the coast of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge The Beaufort Sea is a rich marine environment supporting over 60 fish species, millions of birds, and several large marine mammals including polar bears, walruses, seals, beluga and gray whales, as well as several endangered species. Oil exploration threatens to upset the delicate ecological balance in the Arctic, and devastate Inupiat communities that have relied on the sea’s resources for subsistence hunting and fishing for thousands of years.
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