ANWR: To drill or not to drill...
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APRIL 16, 2001

The Anchorage Daily News and the Associated Press take a look at the arguments for and against opening up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) in Alaska to oil and gas development.

While nationwide polls indicate the majority of Americans oppose development, some polls in Alaska show the majority of state residents support drilling. Congress would need to approve exploration.

Along with conservationists, the Gwich'in Alaska Natives oppose drilling, mostly due to potential threats to the caribou, a key part of Giwch'in culture. Inupiat Eskimos, many of whom stand to gain economically from drilling, support development.

Get the Story:
Sanctuary or Solution? (The Anchorage Daily News 4/15)
ANWR facts and figures (The Anchorage Daily News 4/15)
Beyond imagining (AP 4/16)

Relevant Links:
Oil Issues in ANWR, US Fish and Wildlife -
The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, US Fish and Wildlife Service -
The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Pro-Development site -

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