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Trump administration works toward renewed drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Trump administration works toward renewed drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

THE WASHINGTON POST – JULIET EILPERIN

Caribou graze on the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, with the Brooks Range as a backdrop. (USFWS)

The Trump administration is quietly moving to allow energy exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for the first time in more than 30 years, according to documents obtained by the Washington Post, with a draft rule that would lay the groundwork for drilling.

Congress has the sole authority to determine whether oil and gas drilling can take place within the iconic refuge’s 19.6 million acres. But seismic studies represent a necessary first step, and Interior Department officials are modifying a 1980s regulation to permit this initial activity.

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