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Gwich & # 39; s travel guide from Alaska to D.C. against ANWR drilling plans

WASHINGTON (gray DC) – The plan to explore oil and gas in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge continues.

On Wednesday, nearly 200 people spoke publicly at a hearing in Washington, DC.

The energy exploration in ANWR will only be possible after the tax code 2017 contains the language in which this is possible.

The US Department of State Bureau of Land Management is working to identify the environmental impact of ANWR exploration and drilling.

Bernadette Demientieff, chair of the Gwich & # 39; in Steering Committee, said: "Like Alaska, we're so stressed out, and it's frustrating that we need to come down here."

She said the lifestyle of Gwich is being maintained by hunting for a strong caribou population from the porcupine caribou herd.

She said the opening of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for drilling will displace the caribou, destroying Gwich's food supply.

She said, "People like money, and so do me, but not when it wipes out an entire nation of people, not when it bothers the survival of our future nation."

Kara Moriarty, CEO of the Alaska Oil and Gas Association, said financial benefits could be found without harming the region.

Moriarty said: "We can protect the country and have a strong economic base, all of which can coexist.

Joe Balash, Department Head of the Ministry of Land and Mineral Management, said, "We can ensure that we issue the best possible set of regulations and required operating procedures to enable exploration and development, as well as this very important cultural natural resource to protect, is the Schweinkaribu "

Visit the BLM website for more information. You can also leave a public comment by clicking here. The public comment period ends on 13 March.

A final environmental statement is expected this fall.

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