Senate Budget Plan Could Open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to Drilling

Written by Natural Resources Defense Council

The Senate rejected an amendment that would have blocked raising revenue through federal oil and gas leasing.

This fall, when a Senate budget measure instructed the Energy and Natural Resources Committee to come up with $1 billion, it opened the door for oil and gas drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and other public lands and offshore areas. Though the committee’s top Democrat, Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington, had proposed an amendment that would have stopped the panel from raising those funds through leases to oil and gas companies, the Senate voted last night to reject

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