Alaska News Brief September 2020: A bedrock law in peril

The National Environmental Policy Act, affectionately called NEPA in the alphabet soup of environmental law, is the cornerstone law that requires the federal government to look at the environmental, economic, social, and health impacts of any decision that might impact the environment. 
It applies to federal permitting decisions like those related to logging, mining, transportation, oil and gas extraction, and infrastructure like pipelines. It also applies to consequential multi-year land management plans that can set out how federal lands may be subjected to extractive projects. 

Most important, it gives local people and the public generally the chance to participate in the federal decision-making process to convey their concerns, knowledge, approval, and disapproval.… Read More

We stand with the Gwich’in in court to protect sacred lands in the Arctic Refuge

The Gwich’in Steering Committee and allied groups took Interior to court today over a leasing program that would give the entire coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to the oil industry. The administration broke the law when trying to hand over sacred and public lands to international oil companies while disrespecting the human rights and lives that rely on this life-nourishing place. … Read More

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