The Latest: Critics protest drilling in Arctic refuge

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Latest on public testimony regarding proposed oil lease sales in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (all times local):

3:15 p.m.

Critics of proposed oil lease sales in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge urged federal officials to consider the long-term environmental effects of petroleum extraction on northern Alaska.

Laura Herman told Interior Department officials at a hearing Monday in Anchorage that the signs of climate change are apparent. She says extraction of fossil fuel as well as the burning of it will harm people in the region.

Siqiniq (SIC-in-iq) Maupin of the village of Nuiqsut (noo-IK-sut) said the industry is polluting air.

Other Alaskans said lease sales should go forward. Ken Federico, who has worked in the North Slope oil fields, said environmental protections are strong.

Carl Portman said he's like many Alaskans who do not work for the oil industry but his livelihood depends on it.

___

12:15 p.m.

Alaska Natives who rely on caribou for subsistence are lining up in the state's largest city to protest federal plans for petroleum development in a wilderness area.

Environmental groups and other opponents are expected at a Bureau of Land Management meeting in Anchorage on Monday. The agency plans to discuss a draft environmental review on drilling within the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Congress in December 2017 approved a tax bill that requires an oil and gas lease sale in the refuge to raise revenue for a tax cut backed by President Donald Trump.

Critics say the tax bill overstated what the federal government will earn from least sales. They say development will create a web of roads and pipelines and could harm the Porcupine Caribou Herd.

You may also interested in

Dakota Access pipeline owners sue North Dakota protesters

Aug 15, 2016

Developers of a $3.8 billion, four-state oil pipeline are asking a federal judge to order protesters in North Dakota to stop interfering with the project

Indonesia airlines cleared to fly to US after safety upgrade

Aug 16, 2016

The U.S. aviation regulator has upgraded Indonesia's safety rating, clearing the way for its airlines to fly to North America nearly a decade after it was barred

Hedge-fund manager Cohen settles with US commodities agency

Aug 16, 2016

Billionaire hedge-fund manager Steven A. Cohen agrees to stay away from commodities business in deal with US agency