Alaska Oil Drilling

The committee heard testimony on a report from the Interior Department on the environmental impact of oil exploration and drilling in the… read more

The committee heard testimony on a report from the Interior Department on the environmental impact of oil exploration and drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. The Interior Department recommended the entire ANWR be opened to oil drilling, but critics maintain the full effect of oil exploration and drilling on the area’s wildlife and natural growth were not considered in the report. Critics also maintain the amount of oil to be obtained in the area is less than ten years supply for the U.S., and argue the U.S. should readjust its dependence on oil rather than harm more of the Alaskan environment. Advocates of opening the area argue the potential oil deposits contained in the area outweigh the overestimated negative environmental effects of drilling. Representatives of the Interior Department provided scientific data supporting their claim that risks of oil exploration to wildlife is overestimated. close

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Alaska Oil Drilling

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Program ID:
17923-1
Category:
Senate Committee
Format:
Senate Committee
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
May 10, 1991
Last Aired:
May 12, 1991

Airing Details

  • May 10, 1991 | 10:28pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • May 11, 1991 | 1:15am EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • May 12, 1991 | 8:13pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
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