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Adam Kolton, 53, Dies; Led Fight to Protect Alaskan Refuge

Added 05-03-21 05:40:02pm EST - “Through his work with environmental groups, he tried to prevent the introduction of oil and gas drilling in sensitive lands.” - Nytimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nytimes.com: “Adam Kolton, 53, Dies; Led Fight to Protect Alaskan Refuge”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Through his work with environmental groups, he tried to prevent the introduction of oil and gas drilling in sensitive lands.

Adam Kolton, an environmentalist and longtime defender of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska against oil and gas development, died on April 26 at a hospital in Bethesda, Md. He was 53 and lived in Bethesda.

Through his work with two Washington, D.C.-based conservation groups, the Alaska Wilderness League and the National Wildlife Federation, Mr. Kolton was at the forefront of the fight to protect the refuge, a pristine wilderness the size of South Carolina that has long been prized by oil companies and Alaska lawmakers.

Part of the refuge along the Arctic Ocean — a coastal plain frequented by polar bears, migrating caribou and other wildlife — is thought to lie over billions of barrels of oil.

Over the years, Mr. Kolton pursued his goal with members of Congress and White House officials of both parties. In frequent visits to Alaska, he also worked with Native groups, including the Gwich’in, who live near the refuge.

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