A small village in Alaska, King Cove, has been asking to build a road for medical emergencies for years. The supposed problem is that it would intersect through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge. Alaska even offered an exchange of land to the benefit of the federal government. The Department of Interior's Secretary Sally Jewell just denied this community the ability to build this road, the premise being it would "disturb" the habitat of the refuge. This mindset is similar to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius denying a 10 year old girl the chance for life with a double lung transplant because she would have to "check the policy". These mindsets are the trend for America, there is no regard for what is right or humane. Here is more information on the King Cove issue.
U.S. Department of Interior