I. Drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is a safe and necessary act in order to eliminate our dependency on foreign resources?a.Drilling in ANWR is safe for the environment.
i.Experience gained at Prudhoe Bay and Kuparuk along with rapidly evolving drilling and production techniques will further minimize environmental impacts and surface use in future frontier arctic petroleum provinces such as ANWR.
ii. Another innovation is in designer wells. These are drilled with a high degree of precision to reach small oil targets, several small oil pockets or to reach through or around faults to isolated traps.
b.Drilling in ANWR will create an economic boost for Alaska.
i.Development of the ANWR plain would create between 250,000 and 735,000 new jobs.
ii. Construction of these tankers would directly create about 2,000 stable construction jobs in the U.S. shipbuilding industry and about 3,000 other jobs in the U.S.
economy during the initial 17 year construction period. In all, opening a small fraction of ANWR would result in a total of over 90,000 job-years.
c.Drilling in ANWR will be safe for the wildlife.
i.Oil field facilities have been located and designed to accommodate wildlife and utilize the least amount of tundra surface.
ii.Oil and gas development and wildlife are successfully coexisting in Alaskas arctic. For example, the Central Arctic Caribou Herd (CACH) which migrates through Prudhoe Bay has grown from 3000 animals to its current level of 32,000 animals. The arctic oil fields have very healthy brown bear, fox and bird populations equal to their surrounding areas.
II.Drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is a reckless and unnecessary act that will not eliminate our dependency to use foreign resources?a.Drilling in the ANWR is not safe for the environment.