The Wilderness Society has been sending out some great email bulletins about the details of the proposed Arctic Refuge drilling legislation. Now they’re all online in one place: check out the Arctic Reality Check.
Here are the four main points:
- Opens the entire 1.5 million-acre Coastal Plain for oil development, and mandates a minimum of 200,000 acres for the first lease sale.
- Weakens and sidesteps important environmental protection laws and standards.
- Dresses up weak or meaningless "protections" to sound good.
- Limits oversight by the public, the judicial branch, and the Fish and Wildlife Service.