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Teshekpuk Lake- for the Grateful Web

The Bush administration is renewing its attempt to sacrifice the fragile Teshekpuk Lake region of Alaska's Western Arctic Reserve to oil and gas drilling.

 

NRDC needs your immediate help to block this assault, which would allow drilling in one of the most sensitive and important Arctic wildlife habitats as early as next summer.

 

Go to http://www.nrdconline.org/campaign/biogems_westernarctic_0711 right away and tell the Bush administration to safeguard the entire Teshekpuk Lake region - an area protected by four previous administrations due to its extraordinary importance to wildlife.

 

Eight-seven percent of the northeastern portion of the Western Arctic Reserve has already been handed over to the oil industry.

 

Nevertheless, the Bush administration announced a plan two years ago to lease every last acre of the fragile Teshekpuk Lake area - defying more than 200,000 citizen comments, warnings from biologists and wildlife managers and objections from Alaska Natives on the North Slope.

 

In response, NRDC and our partners went to court and won a temporary injunction that halted the lease sale just days before it was due to take place. In the wake of that legal setback, the Bush administration conducted an additional review of the environmental impacts of oil and gas development, but has now resumed its push for leasing.

 

Thanks to our courtroom victory, the Bush administration must seek public comment before moving forward with its latest proposal to sacrifice the calving grounds of the 45,000-animal Teshekpuk Lake caribou herd. This region also provides a refuge for tens of thousands of molting geese and threatened birds like the spectacled eider and yellow-billed loon.

 

Please go to http://www.nrdconline.org/campaign/biogems_westernarctic_0711 and speak out in defense of this priceless wildlife sanctuary.

 

Thank you for helping to protect America's Arctic from reckless industrialization.