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How Science Got Trampled in the Rush to Drill in the Arctic; Politico

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Tucked into the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act, was 2 pages  that had little to do with tax reform; the provision opened up approximately 1.6 million acres of the vast Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, a reversal of the federal policy that protected one of the most ecologically important landscapes in the Arctic.  The process  has been confusing and “off the rails,” according to  Documents leaked  to POLITICO Magazine, which reveal that the work of career scientists has  been altered or disregarded; and, DOI has decided it will undertake no new studies as part of the  review process, despite scientists’ concerns that key data is years out of date or doesn’t exist. “It’s clear the administration is desperate to jam through Arctic drilling while Trump is still in office; along with the tax cuts and slashing of regulations, opening up ANWR would be one of his most important and lasting achievements.'

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At least two BLM employees, according to the documents, have submitted strongly worded complaints as part of the administrative record alleging that key findings in their work on the environmental assessment for seismic surveys were altered or omitted. In one case, according to the leaked documents, a biologist's conclusion was reversed from saying the impacts of seismic surveys on polar bears were uncertain or potentially harmful to a finding that the impact would be "less than significant"an important distinction in environmental law. In another complaint, a BLM anthropologist was surprised to find that large portions of her analysis of potential impacts on native communities had been removed. A third BLM scientist, who studies fish and water resources, noted that "fundamental inaccuracies" had been introduced into his section without his knowledge. Moreover, these same scientists received an email from the district office instructing them not to modify or correct the changes, which were "based on solicitor and State Office review."

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