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Alaska Drilling: “For the Birds” in Idaho?

November 19, 2007

Boise, ID – Sporting groups in Idaho want to "bag" an oil and gas drilling plan that could cut into duck and geese hunting seasons. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is clearing the way for development on 100 percent of the land near a remote lake in Alaska that is the "bird nursery" for waterfowl populations in Idaho and the rest of the United States.

Conservation scientist Steve Zack with the Wildlife Conservation Society says, whether you like to watch them or eat them, there will be fewer birds in Idaho if the drilling goes full bore.

"Your snow geese, sandhill cranes, many of the shore birds that migrate through in spring and fall, the pond ducks that you're all familiar with, all of those are Arctic breeding birds."

Zack adds there are plenty of other sites more suitable for drilling away from the lake.

"There's ample room for both good, modern technologies, and real protection for this singular region up there."

Alaska's Teshekpuk Lake is part of the National Petroleum Reserve, a vast area of millions of acres available for oil and gas development in the Arctic. U.S. Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne will make the final call on whether the lake area will be drilled. Ducks Unlimited is one of the sporting groups calling for the lake to be "off limits" for oil. Supporters say drilling there would lessen U.S. dependence on foreign oil supplies.

Deborah Smith/John Robinson, Public News Service - ID