President Obama Protects Bristol Bay

President Obama Protects Bristol Bay

October 13, 2019 0 By Luis Garrison


The President:
Hey, everybody. Earlier today I took
action to make sure that one of America’s
greatest natural resources and a massive
economic engine, not only for Alaska
but for America, Bristol Bay is preserved
for future generations. Bristol Bay has supported
Native Americans in the Alaska region
for centuries. It supports about $2
billion in the commercial fishing industry, supplies
America with 40 percent of its wild caught seafood. It is a beautiful
natural wonder, and it’s something that’s
too precious for us to just be putting out
to the highest bidder. Because of the great
work that was done by local communities, native
Alaskan, folks who cared about making sure that
we preserve this natural wonder for generations
to come, we were able to take action that
is going to take it off the bidder’s block and make
sure that it is preserved into the future. Under the authority granted
to me in Section 12(a) of the Outer Continental
Shelf Lands Act, 43 USC 1341(a), this
withdrawal prevents consideration of this
area for any oil or gas leasing for
purposes of exploration, development, or production.