Why Support?

  • “Opening the Arctic refuge to oil production would not only resurrect Alaska’s economy and the economies of our Arctic communities, but it would make the U.S. more energy secure – especially as China, Russia and other European nations produce increasingly more Arctic energy.”

    - Sayers Tuzroyluk, president of Voice of the Arctic Iñupiat.

  • "The 1002 area was specifically set-aside for exploration by Congress. Despite being only 2,000 acres in size, it remains the largest conventional onshore project in North America, and has huge economic significance, not just for the state of Alaska, but for our nation as a whole.”

    - Rex A. Rock Sr., ASRC president and CEO

  • "The wishes of the people who live in and around the refuges' coastal plain are frequently drowned out by people who live hundreds and even thousands of miles away – many of whom have never bothered to set foot anywhere near the Arctic."

    - Matthew Rexford, Kaktovik Iñupiat Corporation

  • “Unfortunately, the negative rhetoric surrounding drilling in ANWR has not kept pace with scientific and technological advances in the oil and gas industry. While the argument against exploration in the 1002 has remained unchanged for decades, techniques have advanced dramatically to enhance the safety and efficacy of production.”

    - John Hopson, Jr., Mayor of Wainwright, Alaska

  • “For far too long, lawmakers and environmental groups have been successful in overriding the needs of the local communities and the nation by keeping the Coastal Plain of ANWR off-limits. The 2018 budget resolution allows for opening of the 1002 Area to oil and gas development, which will bring much-needed jobs into our communities and state. I join dozens of other leaders in my region who support the responsible development of a small portion of ANWR’s Coastal Plain.”

    - Rex A. Rock Sr., ASRC president and CEO

  • "We're not asking to develop all of the 1002, we're asking to develop just 2,000 federal acres within it. Effectively one 10,000th of the refuge area."

    - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski

  • “History has also shown us time and again that energy can be used as a force for good, productive diplomacy and also for troublesome power-grabs by our nation’s foes. I have no doubt that this legislation, which would lead to producing more energy responsibly by opening up the small section of the 1002 area in ANWR, will help make the United States the world’s energy superpower again, will dramatically increase our country’s national security and lead to American jobs and productive diplomacy around the globe.”

    - U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan

  • “When Alaska became a state, we had a promise from the federal government in our statehood compact: we need to live off the resources in our land. Much like Midwestern states harvest the resources that grow on the ground, like wheat and corn, Alaska must harvest the resources in our ground."

    - Alaska Gov. Bill Walker

  • It's absolutely laughable and hypocritical for people in Seattle, New York and D.C. — whose ancestors have long since pillaged the land and resources in their backyards — to tell us how to preserve ours.

    - George Kaleak, Sr. Tribal Council member Native Village of Kaktovik

Top 10 reasons to support ANWR

Only 8% of ANWR Considered for Exploration

Only the 1.5 million acre 1002 Area (8% of ANWR’s total area) is being considered for exploration.  The remaining 17.5 million acres of ANWR is permanently off limits to any exploration.  If oil is discovered, current legislation only allows 2,000 acres of the 1002 Area to be used for surface structures.  That’s one ten-thousandth of ANWR’s total area that could be impacted by an oil field.

Revenues to the State and Federal Treasury

According to the House Committee on Natural Resources, developing the 1002 Area of ANWR would generate approximately $150 billion to $296 billion in new federal revenue – a substantial amount that would help alleviate our nation’s growing debt. Total government revenue, including leases, royalties, and state, local and federal taxes for the life of ANWR field production could be as much as $440 billion.

Jobs Created

Opening a small portion of ANWR to energy production would create tens of thousands of American jobs and contribute to significant economic growth. Studies have shown ANWR job creation ranging from 55,000 to 130,000 jobs.

Economic Impact

Almost all products and infrastructure used in Arctic oil field production come from the lower 48 states. Exploration and development at ANWR would plow billions of dollars into the United States economy for decades, positively impacting every state in the country.

America’s Best Chance for a Major Discovery

The United States Geological Survey 1998 study on ANWR shows the 1002 Area has the highest potential for a super-large oil field of any other place on the continent.  If you are going to explore for oil, the best chance to find it, in the largest quantity, with the smallest footprint would be the 1002 Area of ANWR.

North Slope Production in Decline

Prudhoe Bay oil fields 60 miles to the west of ANWR are in decline. The Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS), which transports North Slope oil south to Valdez and supplies the West Coast, has seen its throughput drop 39 percent over the last decade and is only one-third full today. Without new oil, the pipeline will be shut down and removed by law, thus stranding all remaining Arctic oil assets. TAPS has the capacity to supply 10 percent of the nation’s daily consumption of oil.

Domestic Oil Keeps Money at Home

Oil imports cost America $144 billion in 2016, or $395 million every day, and are the fourth largest contributor to our national debt. Every barrel of oil produced at home replaces one that needs to be bought from abroad, decreasing our debt and the outflow of money from our treasury. With ANWR oil the jobs, the money and the infrastructure stay at home.

Oil and Animals Coexist in the Arctic

Resource development and native wildlife are successfully coexisting in Alaska’s Arctic. The Central Arctic Caribou Herd migrates directly through the Prudhoe Bay oil fields 60 miles west of ANWR, and it continues to flourish after 40 years of oil and gas production there. The Arctic oil fields are monitored daily by state and federal wildlife specialists and are also home to healthy bear, fox, musk oxen, bird and fish populations. Science has demonstrated that development can be done without adverse effects on resident wildlife.

Advanced Technology = Safer Development

Arctic exploration technology is the most advanced in the world and represents the cutting edge in minimal impact with maximum return. Multi-lateral wells, directional drilling and extended reach wells are just a few of the advanced drilling technologies that have resulted in increased production, minimum environmental impact and significantly smaller land footprints.

Alaskans Support Opening ANWR

Since 1980, when President Carter set aside the 1002 area for its oil and gas potential, numerous statewide polls have demonstrated Alaskans’ desire to explore there. During that same time period, every Alaska governor has supported drilling in the 1002, as has every one of our Congressional delegates. In the North Slope Borough, the local, tribal and regional leadership want it open. And most importantly, the residents of Kaktovik – the only people living within the 1002 coastal plain of ANWR – support oil and gas development there.

Others in support of opening ANWR.

The majority of Alaskans

The Alaska State Legislature

100% of Alaska Governors since 1980

100% of Alaska Congressional delegates since 1980

The majority of North Slope tribal and village leadership