Arctic Footprint

Frustrated in its drive to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration, the Bush administration is in the midst of carrying out a far more sweeping enterprise – opening vast areas of the Arctic Ocean to oil and gas development.

Standing in the way are the federal scientists who were supposed to prepare the environmental reviews needed to clear the way for lease sales in the Chukchi, Beaufort and Bering Seas.

This vulnerable Arctic area soon may be opened to oil and gas drilling

At stake are the fates of marine species, including the polar bear, the endangered bowhead whale, Pacific walrus, seals, threatened eider, and a host of other marine birds and fish.

These conscientious specialists need your help!