Senate Votes to Allow Arctic Refuge Drilling Despite Pushback

Sportsmen's Legal Defense Fund
Senate Votes to Allow Arctic Refuge Drilling Despite Pushback

Backcountry Hunters and AnglersMISSOULA, Mont. -(Ammoland.com)- Following today’s Senate rejection of a budget amendment that would have prevented oil and gas development within the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, public lands hunters and anglers strongly criticized both the budget language and the lawmakers who supported it.

While this amendment failed to gain sufficient votes to block drilling in the Arctic Refuge, the vote does demonstrate continued bipartisan opposition to including refuge energy development in the budget – language that could ultimately sink the critical measure.

“This vote was the first skirmish in a longer battle to keep our country’s most iconic wildlife refuge open to hunting and fishing – and closed to oil and gas drilling,” said John Gale, conservation director of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers. “The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is a bucket list destination for sportsmen all over the country. We’re counting on our elected leaders to seize the next opportunity to safeguard it – not give it away to the oil and gas industry.”

BHA has emerged as a leading voice in support of conserving the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Recent BHA surveys in Colorado and Arizona have shown strong opposition to energy development in the refuge. In Arizona, 61 percent of voters opposed any proposal to drill in the refuge, along with 58 percent of Colorado voters.

“I have a lot of respect for Senator McCain, but this was a bad vote,” said BHA member D.J. Zor, who lives in Phoenix. “Sportsmen were expecting that the senator would continue to stand up against efforts to develop one of America’s last frontiers. We’re disappointed that he instead chose to jeopardize this truly wild landscape.”

“The refuge is one of our nation’s most iconic and wild public lands,” said Tom Sykes, a BHA member from Dolores, Colorado. “The tranquility and solitude that exists there can be found almost nowhere else on earth. For hunters, the refuge’s big game populations – including caribou, Dall sheep, grizzly bear and musk ox – are inspirational. Sportsmen spend their whole lives hoping to encounter these species one day. Senator Gardner’s vote in favor of drilling in the refuge was a vote to give away this tranquility, this solitude – and this sportsmen’s dream.”

Despite today’s vote, time remains in the budget process for citizens to urge Congress to remove legislative language that would allow irresponsible energy development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Backcountry Hunters & Anglers is the sportsmen’s voice for our wild public lands, waters and wildlife.

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    bill knight

    As ANWR was created with an area set aside for drilling, what the Hell is the problem? Energy development was always in the plan, it’s the Communist, anti-American, tree huggers who have tried to lie and muck up the plans. All drilling and production was planned for the winter season to prevent damage to the surface, and the area open to development is tiny, like a postage stamp on a living room rug.
    Drill baby, drill!

    tomcat
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    tomcat

    Just more bla, bla ,bla from the tree huggers, anti hunting and fishing society. I would bet the notorious Tom Stryer with his billions has a finger in this outfit. McCain double crossed another group, how shocking that he could do that and what the hell does Arizona have to do with what happens in Alaska?

    Vanns40
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    Vanns40

    BHA is a false flag organization that is anti-hunter, anti-sportsman. The are encompassed by drilling is, literally, the size of the head of a pin compared to the overall size of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Don’t believe anything they say.

    Vanns40
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    Vanns40

    BHA is an anti-hunting, anti-sportsman false flag group. The area set aside for drilling is, quite literally, like the head of a pin when compared with the overall size of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

    BHA is never working in the sportsman’s interest.

    Silence Dogood
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    Silence Dogood

    Yeah…drill, baby drill!!!

    Just more whiny lying from then Eco-Nazis…nothing new here

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    “…the vote does demonstrate continued bipartisan opposition to including refuge energy development in the budget…” Tracks of the swamp creatures that retard America. Flood the primaries. Take the trash out.

    John
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    John

    Same false claims and crying as we heard before the Alaska Pipeline was built. The Porcupine heard was only 6000 animals at that time, and is now over 40,000. ANWR is a huge area and the exploration will be a very small footprint in it.
    Alaska needs the developing, and like the pipeline your hunting and fishing will not suffer one bit. What has Oregon and Arizona to do with what goes on in Alaska?
    Check your facts before running your environmental propaganda. Try to represent hunters and fishers.