Erica Martinson's coverage of the final federal hearing on proposed oil and gas lease sales in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge accurately captured many of the comments presented at the event in Washington, D.C., but one key aspect of the hearing should be noted:
Except for a small handful of designated pro-industry speakers who made statements before public comments began, every other speaker at the nearly four-hour hearing urged the Bureau of Land Management to protect the fragile coastal plain from drilling.
A large majority of Americans oppose drilling in the Arctic refuge and are appalled at this administration's rush to let oil companies destroy one of America's last great pristine, untouched wild places and the crown jewel of the National Wildlife Refuge System. BLM should respect the will of the people.
ANWR is too wild to drill, and we have a moral obligation to protect it for our children and grandchildren.
— David Krause