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WWF Statement on Affirmation of Chukchi Sea Lease Sale 193

In response to today’s Department of Interior decision to reaffirm exploratory drilling leases in the Chukchi Sea, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) issued the following statement from Margaret Williams, managing director of US Arctic programs:

“It’s disappointing to see the Department of Interior allow these lease sales to stand, especially at a time when there are no proven ways to safely drill in this remote region and no viable means for cleaning up potential spills. Rather than encouraging oil and gas development in America’s Arctic, the US needs to focus its efforts on moving toward an economy based on clean, renewable energy, not dirty, fossil fuels.”

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