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house Bill H.R. 1146

Should Oil & Gas Development From Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Be Blocked?

Argument in favor

Republicans shouldn’t have opened up part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas exploration in their ill-conceived tax cuts package. This bill would wisely restore protections for the wilderness and wildlife of Alaska’s Coastal Plain by reinstating the ban on energy development there.

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09/08/2019
Exploiting our natural resources for profit is not going to help us in the future - it will not protect our planet or our country from future changes.
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jimK's Opinion
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09/12/2019
Just stop raping the planet already. Damn. The need for oil and natural gas won’t go away when the world, hopefully with us leading the way, moves on to a carbon neutral economy. Petroleum products will still be needed for clothing, building materials, pharmaceuticals, transportation related products, plastics and so on. But, the vast expansion of fossil fuel production will be greatly diminished. It is counterproductive to consider expanding oil production when economically, the exploration and drilling costs are not likely to be recovered due to the glut of existing raw oil resources that will become available. ... ... Besides all that, the permafrost which structurally supports existing pipelines, is melting. This places great economic risks of not even being able to transport newly developed oil and gas resources to any accessible storage or refinery at all. Big money dudes, think of the losses you will incur. ‘Oh, the money, the money!’ Just stop so the rest of us can find joy in saving the planet, while you can enjoy cutting your losses.
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09/12/2019
This area should have never been opened up to oil and gas. GOP assholes decided that greed was more important than the health of this planet.
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Argument opposed

The Interior Dept. first recommended the full energy development of this small section of ANWR 30 years before President Trump signed the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act into law. Congress shouldn’t try to stop energy development there, which would undermine economic growth and the national push for energy independence.

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09/12/2019
God put the oil in the ground. It is a natural substance. As a part of nature, man is encouraged to carefully extract it and put it to good use for the betterment of mankind. DRILL BABY DRILL!
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ManfromNebraska's Opinion
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09/12/2019
We need to be energy independent. Use the resources we have been given. Oil and gas development in Alaska should be encouraged.
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09/12/2019
We have reached a place where we can extract natural resources without harming Wild life. It is bad stewardship to depend on foreign oil while letting our own oil lie fallow. I love that we are energy independent, but we won’t be if we foolishly do not harvest our own resources.
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What is House Bill H.R. 1146?

This bill — the Arctic Cultural and Coastal Plain Protection Act — would prohibit the Bureau of Land Management from administering an oil and gas leasing, development, production, and transportation program in and from the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) in Alaska. It would repeal a provision in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act which allowed for oil and gas extraction to occur in ANWR and is projected to raise $1.1 billion in tax revenue over 10 years.

Impact

Alaskans; energy consumers; wildlife & wilderness in the Section 1002 area; energy developers; the state of Alaska; and the federal government.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 1146

$905.00 Million
The CBO estimates that enacting this bill would result in fewer offsetting tax receipts in addition to lowering payments to Alaska, which would have the net effect of increasing direct spending by $905 million over the 2019-2029 period.

More Information

In-Depth: Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA) introduced this bill to prohibit oil and gas extraction in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR):

“The Arctic Cultural and Coastal Plain Protection Act reflects a simple proposition, and that is there are some places too wild, too important, too special to be spoiled by oil and gas development. The Arctic Refuge Coastal Plain is one of those special places.”

Original cosponsor Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) added:

“Serving as good stewards of our environment is something each of us are called to regardless of location, background or political ideology. Protecting our nation’s open spaces and wild places unites us as Americans. I’m proud to stand with my colleagues in support of this bipartisan legislation and urge others to join us in the defense of America’s wilderness.”

Republicans opposed this bill when it was considered in the House Natural Resources Committee, with Reps. Don Young (R-AK) and Rob Bishop (R-UT) writing in the bill’s committee report that:

“The oil and gas sector has historically served as a significant source of employment, revenue, and reliable energy for the State of Alaska and Alaska Natives. Nevertheless, the Members of the Committee Majority, representing districts from the lower 48 states, wish to eliminate oil and gas production in Alaska, along with the thousands of jobs supported by the industry… With modern drilling technology, surface disturbance associated with drilling operations in the 1002 will be limited. Current operations on the North Slope near the 1002 Area utilize directional drilling, allowing for more production with less environmental impact. In 1970, when operations began in Prudhoe Bay, a 65-acre gravel pad could only support a drilling radius of 5,000 feet beneath the surface. Today, a 12-acre gravel pad can support a drilling radius of roughly 22,000 feet. This technology will only improve over time, enabling even more development with less impact to the surrounding community. We recognize that, just as local Alaskan communities are reliant on the oil and gas industry for jobs, a tax base, and a supply of electricity, they are also dependent on the health of various species for subsistence and tourism purposes. Oil and gas development activities in the Coastal Plain must take the welfare of species such as caribou, musk oxen, polar bear, and migratory birds into account. The people of Kaktovik, as well as the Gwich’in, rely on species within ANWR for their food source. We support the use of mitigation techniques on oil and gas operations to ensure the health of these species for subsistence.”

The House Natural Resources Committee passed this bill on a party-line vote of 22-14, with Democrats in favor and Republicans opposed. The bill has the support of 182 cosponsors, including 181 Democrats and one Republican, in addition to environmental groups such as Environment America and The Wilderness Society.


Of Note: The ANWR Coastal Plain region encompasses 1.57 million acres that were protected from oil and gas extraction activities unless they were authorized by Congress under Section 1002 of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act. In 1987, a Dept. of the Interior analysis of resources in the area recommended that Congress authorize the full energy development of the Section 1002 area. Three decades later, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 authorized energy development on 2,000 acres in the 1002 area which could result in the potential development of 10.4 billion barrels of oil.


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: iStock.com / sarkophoto)

AKA

Arctic Cultural and Coastal Plain Protection Act

Official Title

To amend Public Law 115-97 (commonly known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act) to repeal the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge oil and gas program, and for other purposes.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
  • The house Passed September 12th, 2019
    Roll Call Vote 225 Yea / 193 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Natural Resources
      Energy and Mineral Resources
    IntroducedFebruary 11th, 2019

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    Exploiting our natural resources for profit is not going to help us in the future - it will not protect our planet or our country from future changes.
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    God put the oil in the ground. It is a natural substance. As a part of nature, man is encouraged to carefully extract it and put it to good use for the betterment of mankind. DRILL BABY DRILL!
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    Just stop raping the planet already. Damn. The need for oil and natural gas won’t go away when the world, hopefully with us leading the way, moves on to a carbon neutral economy. Petroleum products will still be needed for clothing, building materials, pharmaceuticals, transportation related products, plastics and so on. But, the vast expansion of fossil fuel production will be greatly diminished. It is counterproductive to consider expanding oil production when economically, the exploration and drilling costs are not likely to be recovered due to the glut of existing raw oil resources that will become available. ... ... Besides all that, the permafrost which structurally supports existing pipelines, is melting. This places great economic risks of not even being able to transport newly developed oil and gas resources to any accessible storage or refinery at all. Big money dudes, think of the losses you will incur. ‘Oh, the money, the money!’ Just stop so the rest of us can find joy in saving the planet, while you can enjoy cutting your losses.
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    This area should have never been opened up to oil and gas. GOP assholes decided that greed was more important than the health of this planet.
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    Block oil and gas development in the Arctic wildlife refuge !!!!!
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    There is no benefit to destroying other resources for the sake of these last few drops of a dying industry
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    Should Oil and gas development from Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge should unequivocally be Blocked! Joe Balash, Top Interior Official of the last two years, who pushed to expand drilling in Alaska steps down to join a foreign oil company that is expanding operations on the Alaska's North Slope. This move isn't a coincidence and needs to be investigate for blatant corruption! And then you have the environment impacts drilling would cause and how all the rollbacks will leave the Alaskan people to pay for cleaning up what these companies destroy!
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    It’s called a refuge because there should be no development there.
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    Leave it alone. It’s a refuge. That should mean something. The oil & gas industries can’t be trusted. They could do it cleanly but I would not trust them to do so.
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    There is a reason this land and waterway has been protected by previous administrations for over forty years: To prevent people like Trump and his corrupt minions from exploiting it for private enrichment. Vote yes to block the destruction of this pristine wilderness. I like salmon. There won't be any left if the exploitation of this area continues.
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    It's crucial that the current administration's efforts to drop protections of our environment in favor of oil and gas developers be blocked. This planet is already in dire need of more protection, not less. This is our home! Protect it!
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    We need to focus on renewable energy instead of just allowing big oil who is already heavily subsidized, to continue to destroy our last wild and clean lands, leaking pipelines contaminating water sources, refinery explosions. The gain is not worth thenrisk
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    As stewards of planet Earth we have an obligation to protect it as much as possible along with its plants and animals. We have done enough to acquire crude energy and to support profits for the companies involved. At this point, we need now to step forward to protect this part of the world.
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    I have lived in Alaska for over 45 years. My legislators, and our Pig, want to take a pristine environment and destroy it for THEIR personal gain. It is unconscionable. The Pebble Mine, for example, would, most likely, at some point, destroy a salmon fishery that is one of the most important on this earth. Remember there has never been a mine that DID NOT fail. Furthermore, we have had numerous oil spills on land and sea that have killed countless plants, animals, birds, fish, etc. The destruction these industries have caused, in many cases, have cost us taxpayers billions of dollars in cleanup. IT MUST STOP. When these industries totally destroy our food sources on land and sea, what will we feed on - oil and minerals? Not what I want in my diet. Do you?
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    We need to be energy independent. Use the resources we have been given. Oil and gas development in Alaska should be encouraged.
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    Save the planet! Also repeal the entire Trump tax scam!
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    Teddy Roosevelt, a great Republican, must be rolling over in his grave as his party takes all the vast parks and natural beauty to satisfy the oil and gas lobby. Stop raping our protected lands for corporate interests.
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    Once it's gone, it's gone... a bunch of already very rich people will be even richer and this country would have advanced not one single inch into a future of clean power.... instead we will have destroyed one of the wildest, most beautiful places on earth.... oil will have soaked into every inch of the sea, soil, permafrost, and made our air even filthier than it already is. The ONLY energy sources we should be spending money on are WIND AND SOLAR.... leave the filth in the ground! We citizens of this world are sick - SO sick of our habitat, our environment, our wildlife being destroyed to enrich the already powerful and obscenely wealthy individuals who push for this garbage. Jobs my ass! There are jobs by the tens of thousands just WAITING in the wind and solar sectors. Stop this ugly, ceaseless, highly destructive lust for oil! They had an enormous oil spill already in Alaska... a mess that has NEVER been cleaned up! And another spill will be here till the end of time!
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    We have reached a place where we can extract natural resources without harming Wild life. It is bad stewardship to depend on foreign oil while letting our own oil lie fallow. I love that we are energy independent, but we won’t be if we foolishly do not harvest our own resources.
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    Since this administration will not protect the environment, Congress must. We need to move away from fossil fuels as quickly as possible and make larger, massive investments now in sustainable energy technologies (wind, solar, batteries). This is a 10-alarm fire. Human-made carbon-dioxide is causing the polar ice caps to melt; over the course of history, the ice caps have trapped massive quantities of carbon dioxide. As they melt, the polar caps release massive amounts of carbon dioxide which exacerbates global warming, which results in further melting of the polar ice caps. As water levels rise due this melting, it will cause destructive sea level rises primarily along coastlines of large land masses (continents like North America) because of the large gravitational pull of continents. Hurricane severity, flooding, (record-setting high temperatures along with loss of land that can be farmed), increasing frequency and magnitude of forest fires and other natural disasters, will continue to wreak havoc in the U.S. interior as well as the coasts. We should provide a safety net (money) for miners and their families while providing them with free education to be skilled in development, installation and maintenance of solar and wind energy farms. Or we can just deny science and man-made contributions to global warming.
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