As Congress drafts budget, could lure of oil-drilling revenue put refuge, birds in danger?
As the U.S. House and Senate review options for the next fiscal year's budget, lawmakers have quietly opened the door to oil exploration and drilling in more than a million acres of protected land that some have called one of the most pristine places on Earth.
Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, which sprawls over more than 19 million acres, and its potential oil reserves have for years been hot-button issues among conservationists and lawmakers.
Although the refuge lies thousands of miles away from Arizona, the surrounding debate has received attention from state lawmakers and... read more
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