National Wildlife Refuges

Senate Votes to Protect Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from Big Oil Drills

U.S. Senate rejects Big Oil giveaway, protecting key polar bear habitat from dangerous drilling

In March 2012, in its first vote on the issue since 2008, the U.S. Senate decisively voted down a measure to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas exploration.

The amendment, offered by Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS), mirrored an extreme “drill everywhere” bill passed in the House of Representatives in February under the guise of funding this year’s transportation bill.

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Court overturns Bush regulations that ignored wildlife impacts

Ruling restores vital role of wildlife experts in forest fire planning

WASHINGTON (Feb. 7, 2012) – The U.S. District Court of D.C. struck down Bush administration regulations yesterday that would have allowed National Fire Plan projects to move forward without consulting the government’s own wildlife experts. Defenders initially challenged the regulations in 2006, arguing that the regulations violated long-standing Endangered Species Act procedures that help protect the environment and imperiled wildlife.


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