Senator McConnell fails to give Big Oil free pass to risky drilling in the Arctic Ocean

Yesterday, the so-called "Offshore Production and Safety Act of 2011" bill (S. 953), sponsored by Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY), failed on the Senate floor by a vote of 42-57.

This bill would have led to aggressive drilling in America's Arctic; bringing back Arctic lease sales cancelled by President Obama in wake of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, and wiping out adequate environmental review by declaring that environmental analyses found to be illegal by the courts, are in fact sufficient.

Read more about this issue and comments from Alaska Wilderness League's Executive Director here.