Pros And Cons Of Drilling In The Anwr Region

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The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge One of the United State’s biggest problems at the moment is the issue of natural resources. The United States is highly dependent on foreign nations to provide it with many of their natural energies, mainly speaking of oil. America has many areas of land that contain an abundance of oil in places both offshore and inland, with one of the largest areas being that of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) in Alaska. ANWR is an area of land in northeast Alaska that consists of 19 million acres of land that is administered by the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and is viewed as one of the most promising United States onshore gas and oil prospects (Corn, Gelb, and Baldwin 4). This region of land has been set aside for the purpose of a wildlife reserve for the protection of many species of animals occupying the land. However, this region is thought to contain over ten billion barrels of recoverable oil, making it an interest to many for the development of this land. The decision to extract the natural resources has been fought over by many, making it a highly controversial topic. Drilling in ANWR is a controversial issue having pros that include the America’s dependency on foreign oil being lowered, no negative impacts on animals, and only a small portion of the area would used for exploration. Cons on the subject include the wildlife and environment being hurt or disturbed, the oil not being ready to be used for many years and not knowing the exact amount of oil present, and that it would be very expensive to do and the amount of oil believed to be found in ANWR is relatively small compared to the needs of America. Pro #1 A very important factor that is often overlooked regarding the drilling in ANWR is that not all of the ANWR region would be used for exploration. In fact, only 1.5 million acres of land would be

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