“Arctic: BLM Analysis Shows Climate Price Of Alaska Drilling”

“The Trump administration's support for oil development in Alaska's North Slope could have dramatic climate impacts, even if top brass doesn't upend current Obama-era restrictions on fossil fuel development.

The Bureau of Land Management is currently rewriting its integrated activity plan for the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A), a 23-million-acre reserve that — like its well-known neighbor, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) — is a mecca for birds, caribou and subsistence-hunting resources for isolated Native Alaskan communities.

About half of the reserve is currently available for oil and gas exploration. The other half, including the Teshekpuk Lake area that lies along the Arctic coast, is protected by a 2013 management plan.”

Heather Richards reports for EnergyWire December 13, 2019.