On September 12, the US House of Representatives passed the Arctic Cultural and Coastal Plain Protection Act, which would halt the Trump administrations attempts to drill for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Introduced by Representatives Jared Huffman (D-CA) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), this bipartisan measure is the first stand-alone bill the House has passed to protect the Arctic.
When the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act mandated oil and gas leasing, development, and production on the Coastal Plain of ANWR, many of the refuge’s protections were stripped. This new Protection Act would restore them, protecting the remarkable wildlife and land of northern Alaska, as well as the Alaska Natives who depend on them.
Unfortunately, just hours after the House passed this law, the Department of Interior announced its final plans for oil and gas leasing in ANWR. Lease sales are slated to take place before the end of the year.