NRDems Forum: Democratic Forum on the Dangers of Opening the Arctic Refuge to Oil and Gas Drilling

Energy and Mineral Resources Date: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 Time: 01:00 PM Location: Cannon House Office Building Room 234

Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) is holding a forum in Washington, D.C. to give tribal members and public land defenders a platform to discuss the importance of protecting Alaska’s pristine wilderness in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Last year, Republicans inserted a provision in their Tax Scam bill that mandates oil and gas leasing in the iconic Arctic Refuge. This damaging provision mandates two lease sales within 10 years, each at least 400,000 acres in size, on the Refuge’s fragile coastal plain. The bill also declared oil and gas development as a purpose of the Arctic Refuge, which has never before been the case, undercutting the integrity of the Arctic Refuge and setting a dangerous precedent for America’s entire National Wildlife Refuge system.

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Member Statements

  1.  Raúl M. Grijalva Democrat (Arizona 3rd District)
  2.  Jared Huffman Democrat (California 2nd District)

Witnesses

  1. Donetta Tritt
    Gwich’in Native
  2. Jamie Clark
    President
    Defenders of Wildlife, Former Director of Fish & Wildlife Service
  3. David Hayes
    Executive Director of the State Energy & Environmental Impact Center
    New York University School of Law, Former Deputy Secretary of Interior
  4. Rebecca Goodstein
    District Environmental Coordinator
    Patagonia, East Coast

Related Photos

David Hayes, Executive Director of the State Energy & Environmental Impact Center at New York University School of Law and Former Deputy Secretary of the Interior, offers his remarks. Representatives Grijalva, Tsongas, Huffman, Gallego, and McEachin. Representative Niki Tsongas offers her support for the conservation of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Representatives Grijalva, Tsongas, Huffman, Gallego, and McEachin listen to the testimony of David Hayes, Former Deputy Secretary of the Interior. Ranking Member Grijalva and Democratic Members of the Natural Resources Committee gather with panelists and stakeholders to discuss protecting the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Jamie Rappaport Clark, President and CEO of Defenders of Wildlife and Former Director of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, urges Congress to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Ranking Member Grijalva during opening remarks during the forum. Ranking Member Grijalva vows to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil drilling.