For the BILLIONTH time, they are not going to open up “ANWR” for drilling.
1.) They are asking for the rights to do exploratory drilling.
2.) The area in which they hope to find oil is on a tiny fractional piece of gravel beach in the far northwest corner of ANWR, they aren’t going to go digging up miles of tundra and forest.
3,) Procedures, used in Prudhoe and improved upon since then (I’ve posted massive quantities of photos of the wildlife enjoying itself in and around Prudhoe Bay, in other threads on the whole ANWR thing before, will look them up if you like, it’s not a giant oil stained smokestack marring the landscape)
4.) They have to have permission from the (too lazy to find correct spelling so SUE me) G’wichin native corporation FIRST
and so on and so forth.
Having worked for environmental companies contracted to various oil companies and having helped author and put together contingency and emergency response plans, I’ve a bit of insight into the whole ANWR thing (and I’m a 35 year Alaskan resident). The forestry thing I won’t pretend to know anything about as far as the other states.
However, if the propaganda the greenies spread about ANWR is any indication, I’d take the whole “they’re going to rape mother earth” thing regarding this new decision with a grain of salt.
After all, the greenies are the ones who produced propaganda including a warning about how “they (the oil companies I presume)”, cut down all of the trees on the North Slope in order to put in the pump stations and so forth.
There ARE no trees. It’s tundra, there have never BEEN any trees. Just my 2 cents worth.