Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 2, 2021

Biden suspends Trump-era oil drilling leases in Alaska’s Arctic refuge

The Guardian reports

The Biden administration on Tuesday suspended oil and gas leases in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, reversing a drilling program approved by Donald Trump and reviving a political fight over a remote region that is home to polar bears and other wildlife – and a rich reserve of oil.

The interior department order follows a temporary moratorium on oil and gas lease activities imposed by Joe Biden on his first day in office. Biden’s 20 January executive order suggested a new environmental review was needed to address possible legal flaws in a drilling program approved by the Trump administration under a 2017 law enacted by Congress.

Read more at  Biden suspends Trump-era oil drilling leases in Alaska’s Arctic refuge | Alaska | The Guardian


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