RS22326 - Legislative Maps of ANWR
8-Dec-2005; M. Lynn Corn and Pamela Baldwin; 6 p.
Update: March 28, 2006
Abstract: A major element of the U.S. energy debate is whether to approve energy
development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) in northeastern Alaska,
and if so, under what conditions, or whether to continue to prohibit development to
protect the area’s biological, recreational, and subsistence values. For over 20 years, the
debate on whether to develop any energy resources in ANWR has focused on a familiar
image of a coastal, northern part of the Refuge, the area that is thought to contain oil.
Reconciliation bills under consideration in the 109th Congress have referred to two new
maps, one with different boundaries than previous maps, and one apparently similar to
those in previous bills. This report does not cover the general ANWR controversy, but
shows the maps in the two reconciliation bills, and discusses historical maps and the
implications of changes. It will be updated if new maps are referenced in legislation. [read report]