As a result of our two posts this past week on the maps of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), we have annoyed a few enviros who cried “foul!” The first map, as you might recall, was from that bastion of conservatism, the Washington Post. It showed the context of the size of the drilling area to the state of Alaska. “Not true!”, cried the enviros, the map shows a huge area for drilling. And so we provided yet another map — this one from the Alaska Department of Natural Resources — that showed the drilling area is even smaller. The burr under their saddle is our claim that the drilling footprint in ANWR is about the size of Dulles Airport.
Well, it takes a big blog to admit when they are wrong and so we do today, with heads hung low. The enviros were right — the drilling footprint is not the size of Dulles Airport. According to this from the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, Dulles Airport sits on some 10,000 acres. According to this article from Rep. Don Young (R-AK), the drilling footprint of ANWR is 2,000 acres. (His article also talks about the interests of the native Inuits in drilling — but hey, who cares what the natives think, right?) So in other words, according to our calculations, Dulles Airport is five times the size of the drilling footprint of ANWR. We promise to correct all future posts accordingly.
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