Bernadette Demientieff

Bernadette Demientieff, director of the Gwich'in Steering Committee, speaks out against development in the 1002 Coastal Plain area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge during a BLM scoping meeting Tuesday evening.

FAIRBANKS—More than a hundred Fairbanks locals filled the conference room at the Carlson Center Tuesday evening to provide public testimony on potential lease sales in the 1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The testimony was part of an Environmental Impact scoping meeting organized by the Alaska Bureau of Land Management.

Testimony landed on both sides of the issue with state department and oil industry officials advocating for further exploration and development and local environmental advocates voicing concern regarding further steps forward the lease sale process.