Exploration for Oil and Gas on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Coastal Plain, Alaska

by Thomas C. Cook, Alaska Oil & Gas Assoc, Anchorage, AK, USA,
Roger C. Herrera, Alaska Oil & Gas Assoc, Anchorage, AK, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87


The fundamental issue affecting the Coastal Plain of ANWR is one of management of the area for wilderness preservation or for multiple use. However, assuming Congress decides to open the Coastal Plain to exploration and possible development, the regulatory framework used to protect fish and wildlife resources and manage wetlands in Alaska has a most important bearing on petroleum development. Some of the more important environmental issues concerning potential oil and gas development in the ANWR Coastal Plain are discussed in the paper.

Subject Headings: Coastal plains | Wildlife | Wetlands (coastal) | Non-renewable energy | Petroleum | Coastal management | Ecosystems | Fish and fishery management | Alaska | United States | Arctic

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