Canadians say Trump administration’s Arctic refuge plan ignores transboundary impacts

The Trump administration, in its push to allow oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, has largely ignored impacts that the development would have on Canadians, said tribal, territorial and national government officials from that country, reports Arctic Today. 

In formal comments submitted to the Bureau of Land Management, Canadian governments from the national level to the tribal First Nations level called for a supplemental environmental impact statement to address what they characterized as serious gaps and flaws in the draft EIS examining effects of ANWR oil leasing.

“We conclude the draft EIS is so deficient, and its approach to the impacts analysis is so deeply flawed, the Bureau of Land Management must revise and reissue the draft EIS for public review if it is to move forward with an inclusive and transparent regulatory process,” said the submission from the Vuntut Gwitchin Government in Old Crow, Yukon Territory.