Teshekpuk Lake and its surrounding pristine wetlands are designated as a "special area" of the United States federal lands. Since 1977, this beautiful, unspoiled area has been protected and free from large-scale industrial exploitation.
But recently there have been efforts to open the entire Teshekpuk Lake wetlands to oil drilling. The Bush administration tried to sell the area as part of an oil and gas lease sale held on September 27, 2006. The federal courts however, ruled that the plan was illegal, and the critical wildlife habitat around Teshekpuk Lake was removed from the sale.
Prior to the court ruling, over 300,000 Americans asked the administration to protect the Teshekpuk Lake wetlands. And during the summer, a bipartisan group of representatives and senators likewise argued for restored protections. Now, with federal courts confirming the problems with the Bush plan, we must continue to build pressure and momentum.
Now is the time to act.
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