US Approves Oil, Gas Leasing Plan for Alaska Wildlife Refuge

It would open up a 1.56-million acre swath of land along Alaska's northern Beaufort Sea coast, home to polar bears, caribous, and other wildlife.

  • Published 17 August 2020
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Trump administration on Monday took another step to opening Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling for oil and gas, potentially fulfilling a decades-long dream for Republicans. Environmentalists, however, promised to fight opening up the coast plain of the refuge, a 1.56-million acre swath of land along Alaska’s northern Beaufort Sea coast, home to polar bears, caribous and other wildlife, after the Department of the Interior approved an oil and…

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