US Gov preparing for oil exploration in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Getty Images)
The U.S. Interior Department on Thursday announced it is undertaking a series of construction projects to prepare for oil exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

The department says it will spend $4 million on six projects it’s calling “the 1002 Area Oil Exploration Readiness Project.” Most of the projects are in Kaktovik, a community within the 1002. That’s the coastal part of the refuge that Congress opened to oil exploration last year, over decades of objections from environmental groups and their allies.

The Kaktovik projects include an aviation fuel storage facility, a garage and a bear-proof storage building. Some of the money is slated for two cabins far from the 1002 area – a new one in Arctic Village the department says will support field operations, and an addition to an existing cabin at Galbraith Lake. Galbraith Lake is on the west side of the Dalton Highway, just outside the refuge.

Related stories from around the North:

Canada: Canada announces new climate change ambassador, Eye on the Arctic

Finland: Finnish chemistry professor develops “revolutionary” biofuel, Yle News

Norway: Beauty spot in Arctic Norway set to become Barents oil terminal, The Independent Barents Observer

Russia: Two more Russian rigs deployed for Arctic gas drilling, The Independent Barents Observer

Sweden: While Trump shuns climate research, Sweden looks to lure American scientists, Radio Sweden

United States: Former UN climate chief speaks out against Arctic drilling, Deutsche Welle’s Iceblogger

Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media

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