Fight over Arctic Wildlife Refuge Heats Up
May 11, 2010 - 5:01 PMThe fight over oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is heating up over the possibility that a new management plan could put the refuge and its billions of barrels of crude off-limits for good.
At issue is the refuge's coastal plain. It's been a battleground for decades between environmentalists who don't want drilling and oil companies and Alaska officials that see a large, untapped resource.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is updating its plan for the refuge and is now taking public testimony. A spokesman for the agency has said the agency might recommend the coastal plain be designated as wilderness.
A public hearing was scheduled Tuesday afternoon in Anchorage, with hearings planned for Fairbanks and Kaktovik this week and next.
(Copyright 2010 Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)