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Update on Arctic Wildlife Refuge website censorship issue

Here is some followup information about Ian Thomas and the censored Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) maps. If you are coming in at the middle of this discussion, Ian Thomas's email is located at: http://www.mapcruzin.com/ian_email.htm.

It is very peculiar that the website he got the caribou map from, http://www.r7.fws.gov/nwr/arctic/pchmap2.html is now "down" along (note that this website has since come back online but with different content) with at least a couple of other US Fish and Wildlife (FWS) websites including:

http://alaska.fws.gov/nwr/arctic/maps1.html and
http://marinemammals.alaska.fws.gov/nwr/arctic/snowg.html

They all return the following:
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HTTP Error 403

403.9 Access Forbidden: Too many users are connected

This error can be caused if the Web server is busy and cannot process your request due to heavy traffic. Please try to connect again later.

Please contact the Web server's administrator if the problem persists.
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Seems odd that there would be too many visitors over a weekend.

It's especially odd since the server that the FWS main page points to, http://arctic.fws.gov/ does work and looks to be the same and even includes the map in question at: http://arctic.fws.gov/pchmap2.html

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Two PDF documents were not obtainable through the links posted on sites. The links were broken. The first, issues1.pdf, I did find by trying different variants of the given link. Interestingly, it is quite different than the web version found at http://arctic.fws.gov/issues1.html. The web version does speak to the harm that would come to the refuge from oil exploration and production but it is not near as strong as the unlinked PDF which says...

"Oil and gas exploration and development in the Refuge would permanently and irreversibly:
  • Destroy the unique wildland values of a world-class natural area.
  • Disrupt ecological and evolutionary processes in one of the most pristine conservation areas in the North American arctic.
  • Diminish the Refuge's scientific values as a benchmark for understanding these processes.
  • Damage the biological and ecological integrity of the entire Refuge." --- end of quote ---

I'm in the process of uploading and linking this PDF now. Beware, it is a large 10MB file. When I've completed the task you can find a link at http://www.mapcruzin.com/stop_web_censorship.htm.

The second file, 1987 Coastal Plain Report and LEIS (1987leis.pdf), is also incorrectly linked and I have not been able to locate it. If anyone knows where this document might be found please let me know.

Several days ago I archived: http://www.r7.fws.gov/nwr/arctic/arctic.html. When it went down I put my archive online at http://www.mapcruzin.com/arctic_refuge/.

It would be worth comparing this to the version that now exists on the FWS website at http://arctic.fws.gov/ . It is odd that the version mentioned by Ian Thomas dissapeared quite quickly.

Note: Ian's original email can be found at: http://www.mapcruzin.com/ian_email.htm

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