Article From The NY Times: Interior Dept. Finalizes Plan to Open Arctic Refuge to Oil and Gas Companies

WASHINGTON, 8/17/2020 –  The Trump administration on Monday finalized its plan to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas development, setting the stage for what is expected to be a fierce legal battle over the fate of a vast, remote Alaska habitat.

a herd of animals standing on top of a grass covered field: Caribou in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The Interior Department said it had completed its required reviews, clearing the way for the government to auction off leases later this year to companies interested in drilling inside the refuge’s coastal plain, which is believed to sit atop enough oil to fill billions of barrels but is prized by environmentalists for its pristine landscapes and wildlife.

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