Alaska Oil Spill Fuels Concerns Over Arctic Wildlife, Future Drilling

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: March 20, 2006   View Article

A recent spill of about 267,000 gallons (1 million liters) of oil in the tundra of Alaska’s North Slope is raising a new round of questions from environmental groups about proposed plans to open more land in the region to oil drilling.

The North Slope region of Alaska borders the Arctic Ocean and contains most of the state’s petroleum reserves. It is also home to thousands of migratory birds, caribou, and other creatures.

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