There’s been a debate about it since 1980.
The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge has been threatened for years because of the oil within its borders. Due to political pressure, a 1.5 million-acre section of coastal plain was left unprotected. In 1980, Congress renamed the region, calling it the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge under the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA).
Now, the ANILCA prohibits oil and gas development on that coastal plain, but allows for Congress to permit it in the future.Read More