First, we learned that Chevron and Hilcorp had paid $10 million to terminate their leases in the refuge. This move came after years of environmental community actions focused on Chevron In 2021 and 2022 , Environment America created a video and delivered more than 50,000 petitions calling on the oil company to pledge not to drill in the Arctic Refuge.
This change came about due to the unfavorable economics of drilling in challenging locations, opposition from the indigenous Gwich’in people who call the refuge home, and the environmental community’s success educating and mobilizing green-minded Americans and some of our elected leaders to act to protect the Arctic Refuge from drilling and spilling.
Our national network has worked for decades alongside the Gwich’in and the rest of the environmental community to protect the Arctic Refuge from drilling. And our work is not finished. Because of a provision added to the tax bill in 2017, the Department of the Interior is required to hold another lease sale in the refuge. Congress must act to end the leasing program.