Even as the Trump administration develops an oil and gas program for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, oil companies are pushing to conduct "seismic activity" this winter in order to find and develop petroleum resources that could be leased as early as next summer. Seismic work entails driving heavy machinery over delicate Arctic tundra while carrying equipment that sends sonic waves into the ground. Scars from seismic machinery in the 1980s are still visible decades later. Today's seismic technology requires an even denser grid of lines and will have lasting effects on the Refuge's ecology and wild character.
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