Alaska will officially submit plans to conduct 3D seismic tests on the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to the federal government, state officials announced on July 9.
The state is acting under Section 1002(e) of the 1980 Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA), Gov. Sean Parnell (R) said during a press conference in Anchorage. When it passed the law, Congress deferred a decision regarding future management of the 1.5-million-acre coastal plain, or 1002 Area, because of its potentially enormous oil and gas resources and its importance as wildlife habitat.
"The 1002 Area of ANWR holds enormous promise for Alaska and for our nation," Parnell sa...