By Michael Graham Richard / Source: TreeHugger
The Obama administration is seizing the opportunity brought by the oil crash to try to protect more of Alaska’s from the “drill, baby, drill” crowd. On Sunday, a plan was proposed to designate 12.3 million acres in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (the largest wildlife refuge in the United States) for “wilderness”, which would halt oil development there. This new protected area would include 1.52 million acres of the refuge’s coastal plain, 5.85 million acres of the Brooks mountain range, and 4.92 million acres of the Porcupine Plateau.
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