Interior Minister Ken Salazar – plans to put half of Alaska petroleum reserve off-limits to drilling
14 August 2012. The U.S.A. Bureau of Land Management selects National Petroleum Reserve Alternative B-2; leaves 212 million barrels of oil and 8.6 trillion cubic feet of gas effectively stranded. Click on the map below to enlarge it.
Many subsistence hunters and environmentalists lobbied to protect habitat for two of the nation’s largest caribou herds, as well as endangered spectacled eider ducks and other Arctic specie.
The plan released was the most protective of four alternatives the Interior Department had put out for public comment.