City of Kaktovik

ANWR Survey


A $25,000 grant was given to the City of Kaktovik by the State of Alaska to educate people about the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. With the funds, the City of Kaktovik has developed this web site, made a calendar and taken a survey of the people of Kaktovik. The survey asks questions of the local residents regarding current oil development practices on the North Slope of Alaska and their opinions of future oil development. There were 68 people surveyed and the results of the survey are posted here. These results will be sent to legislators in Juneau as well as Washington, D.C. The people of the village of Kaktovik will be the ones most affected by oil development and exploration on ANWR. Their opinions should be considered when a decision is being made.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact the City of Kaktovik

ANWR Education Survey

1. Do You participate in the harvest of whales, game and fish to sustain your diet?

71% A. Yes. My family actively participates in all of the above.

16% B. Yes. My family hunts game and fishes.

4% C. Yes. My family participates in fishing.

7% D No. My family does not harvest whales, game or fish to sustain our diet.

0% E. Other

2. Please estimate the percentage of your family's food that comes from the harvest of whale, game and fish.

      16% A. 100% My family only consumes harvested game.

      34% B. 75% My family eats mostly harvested game.

      24% C. 50% My family eats some harvested game and purchases the rest.

      16% D. 25% My family occasionally eats harvested game.

      7% E. 10% My family eats harvested gamed when it is given to us.

      4% F. 0% My family does not hunt or fish and we only eat food that is purchased.

3.What is the number one advantage of oil development on the North Slope?

      44% A. Improved schools

      35% B. Improved health care

      53% C. Improved job opportunities

      21% D. Improved recreation activities

      4% E No advantage

      8% F. Other


4. The quality of life in Kaktovik will diminish if oil development ceases.

      31% A. Strongly agree

      40% B. Agree

      15% C. Neutral

      8% D. Disagree

      6% E. Strongly disagree

5. As government spending continues to decline, what public services do you fear most of losing?

44% A. Municipal services (running water, electrical service, sanitation, etc.)

50% B. Health care

16% C. Public Transportation

35% D. Education

7% E. Recreation activities

6% F. Other

6. To what degree are you satisfied with the environmental practices of the oil industry on the North Slope?

35% A. Very satisfied

40% B. Somewhat satisfied

18% C. Neutral

4% D. Somewhat dissatisfied

1% E. Very dissatisfied

7. Please mark the advantages and disadvantages you see of opening ANWR to oil and gas development.

Advantages: Disadvantages:
68% More jobs for local people 22% Will increase population
26% Will stabilize the economy 31% May hurt wildlife
50% Will help Kaktovik grow 25% May hurt the environment
26% More business opportunities 46% lncreased alcohol/drug abuse
13% Other 5% Other

8. If ANWR is not opened to oil and gas exploration, what other resources are available in Kaktovik that, if developed, will help sustain our economy?

15% A. Coal

35% B. Tourism

38% C. Fishing

44% D. Arts& Crafts

15% E. Other

9. Based on your information about the Porcupine Caribou Herd, will oil development in ANWR diminish the herd's use of the core calving area?

18% A. Yes. The caribou will go away.

18% B. It might affect their use, but the oil companies can stop drilling during calving season.

15% C. I don't know.

15% D. More research is needed.

41% E. No. The caribou will not be affected.

10. The coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge should be open to oil and gas exploration.

43% A. Strongly agree

35% B. Agree

10% C. Neutral

5% D. Disagree

4% E. Strongly disagree



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