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Gwich’in Steering Committee Speaks at Travelers Annual Meeting, Requests U.S. Insurance Giant Not Support Oil and Gas Projects in the Arctic Refuge

May 24, 2023

For Immediate Release Hartford, CT – Traveling over 4,300 miles from Alaska to Connecticut, the Gwich’in Steering Committee delivered a statement today at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Travelers, a major U.S. company with […]

Chubb Becomes the first American Insurance Company with Explicit Policy to Not Underwrite Oil and Gas Development in the Arctic Refuge

April 10, 2023

For Immediate Release Fairbanks, AK – The Gwich’in Steering Committee applauds Chubb’s policy announcement that helps protect Iizhik Gwats’an Gwandaii Goodlit (The Sacred Place where Life Begins). With the release of Chubb’s 2023 proxy statement, […]

Three New Insurers Confirm Policy to Not Underwrite Oil & Gas Development in the Arctic

October 20, 2022

Total Climbs to 17 International Companies that Protect the Sacred Coastal Plain, though Still No Clear Commitments from U.S. Insurers For Immediate Release Fairbanks, AK – Two Bermuda-based insurance companies, ARGO Group and Fidelis Insurance Holdings […]

GSC and 240 Allied Organizations Urge U.S. Insurance Companies to Meet the Moment with Policy to Protect the Arctic Refuge 

September 8, 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Hartford, CT – Once again calling upon U.S. insurance companies to commit to protection of the Coastal Plain of the Arctic Refuge from oil and gas development, the Gwich’in Steering Committee (GSC) […]

The Gwich’in Steering Committee Celebrates Another Oil Driller Exit from Arctic Refuge 

August 22, 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Fairbanks, AK  – The Gwich’in Steering Committee applauds yet another company for exiting the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Knik Arm Services is the latest to cancel their oil and gas lease and […]

Gwich’in Leaders Denounce Senate Leadership for Slamming the Door on Sacred Lands in the Arctic Refuge

August 7, 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Gwich’in leaders were deeply disappointed today by the decision by the Senate to slam the door on protecting sacred lands in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as part of budget reconciliation–the very […]

Gwich’in Nation Urges Congress to Repeal 2017 Tax Act’s Arctic Refuge Leasing Mandate in Reconciliation Bill

July 27, 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Gwich’in leaders responded to a budget reconciliation agreement brokered by Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chair Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) by urging members of Congress to use the amendment process […]

SOMPO Joins the Growing List of Insurance Companies with Policies that Protect the Arctic Refuge

June 2, 2022

A Total of 14 International Insurers No Longer Support Oil and Gas Drilling in the Sacred Coastal Plain FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Fairbanks, AK – On May 27, the Japanese-based insurance company SOMPO released a new […]

GSC Insurance Scorecard Updated: 12 Companies Now have Policy that Protects the Arctic Refuge

March 22, 2022

Plus First U.S. Company Shows Progress  For Immediate Release FAIRBANKS, AK  – Today the Gwich’in Steering Committee (GSC) released an update to its scorecard that tracks global insurance companies’ policy on fossil fuel development in […]

Insurer Swiss Re takes stand against Arctic Refuge drilling

December 17, 2020

FAIRBANKS, ALASKA (December 11, 2020) – The Swiss Re Group—one of the world’s leading insurers—has confirmed in a letter to the Gwich’in Steering Committee that it will not provide coverage or investment support for projects […]