A Senate committee voted Wednesday to include drilling in an Alaska wildlife refuge in a massive budget proposal, assuring that drilling opponents won't be able to use the filibuster to thwart oil development there.The total exploitable reserves are pretty minor, but the area being exploited could be destroyed for generations.
The Senate Energy Committee proposal, approved 13-9, calls for the Interior Department to put up for bid by Oct. 1, 2010 two oil leases in the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Check out what Prof. Nick Brokaw wrote about the ANWR area 3 decades ago. The NRDC published it starting here and ending here.
The Hula Hula River:
We had already put in a good day’s work but we decided to follow the Hula Hula a few miles north in order to camp under some cliffs which rose on both sides of the river and thus be in a good position to scan their outcroppings and ledges for the nests of Golden Eagles or possibly Gyrfalcons. Our path down the river followed the tracks of a Wolverine which had been traveling in the opposite direction sometime previously. The Hula Hula, like all the watercourses we saw, was divided and fringed by gravel and mud bars on which we found the tracks of many Caribou, a few Moose, Grizzly Bears, Wolves, Artic Foxes, and the ubiquitous Arctic Ground Squirrel.Tracks from machinery last forever up there. Oil spills will be disastrous for the endangered and migratory species hat nest there.
Further downriver we found a Wandering Tattler flying from rock to rock in a boulder strewn tributary of the Hula Hula. Two immature Golden Eagles soared over the valley and an hour or so after we had settled for the evening, we saw an eagle stoop and capture its prey, probably a ground squirrel, a few hundred yards from our camp.
Demand that this amendment be stripped out.