Northern MPs continue to lobby for protection of Porcupine Caribou calving grounds

A map shows ANWR, the area proposed for development and previous oil exploration sites. (Courtesy Alaska Department of Natural Resources)

Political pressure for drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge continues to build in Alaska. The state legislature has officially requested its federal representatives to move forward with oil development plans.

NWT MP Michael McLeod says he and Yukon MP Larry Bagnell are keeping Prime Minister Trudeau briefed on the situation.

“This time it seems to have all the ingredients that might allow it to go forward, that’s very concerning. But at the same time we are not in a position to make decisions for the American government, so we are going to continue to do what we can,” explained McLeod to CKLB.

McLeod says Canadian Ambassador David MacNaughton is also aware of the situation.

“He’s indicated that the embassy will engage and lead with the partners on that front as the US government goes through this transition period,” added McLeod.

House Joint Resolution 5 passed through the Alaska State Legislature by a 32-4 vote in favour of opening up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling last week.

The resolution was handed to Alaskan Senator Dan Sullivan last Friday in Juneau.

About the Author

Josh Campbell
Josh Campbell has returned to the CKLB News Team. He worked as a sports writer in New Brunswick, prior to graduating from Loyalist College in Mohawk Territory near Belleville, Ontario. Between journalistic duties in the NWT and Yukon, Campbell was a speechwriter for former NWT MP Dennis Bevington, and Sahtu MLA Norman Yakeleya.

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