U.S. Plan für Bohrungen im Alaska Schutzgebiet infographic
Grafik zeigt das geplante Entwicklungsgebiet für Öl- und Gasbohrungen innerhalb des Naturschutzgebietes von Alaska.
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US bewilligt Mietkauf Plan für Alaska Naturschutzgebiet

August 18, 2020 - Die Trump Administration hat ihre Bewilligung für einen geplanten Abbauplan für Öl- und Gas-Leasing Verträge in der Küstenebene des Naturschutzgebiets in Alaska gegeben. Kritiker sind besorgt, denn in diesem Gebiet leben Eisbären, Karibu und andere Wildtiere, die von Industrieanlagen gestört werden.

The next step, barring lawsuits, will be the actual sale of leases. Development – should it occur – is still years away, according to AP.

Environmentalists have promised to fight opening up the coastal plain, a 1.56-million acre swath of land along Alaska’s northern Beaufort Sea coast after the Department of the Interior approved an oil and gas leasing programme.

Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt signed the Record of Decision, which will determine a programme for where oil and gas leasing will take place.

The decision makes the entire coastal plain – 8% of the 19.3-million-acre refuge – available for oil and gas leasing and potential development. The Department of the Interior said the plan includes protections for habitat and wildlife, including operational time limits on 585,400 acres.

Bernhardt said there will be at least two area-wide leasing sales of at least 400,000 acres each. The first will be held before Dec 22, 2021, and the second by Dec 22, 2024.

PUBLISHED: 19/08/2020; STORY: Graphic News
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