Federal agency will conduct new review of ANWR leases

JUNEAU (AP) - The federal Bureau of Land Management announced Aug. 3 it is moving ahead with a new environmental review of oil and gas leasing in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge after the Interior secretary said she found “multiple legal deficiencies’’ in an earlier review.

That prior review, under the administration of then-President Donald Trump, provided a basis for the first lease sale on the refuge’s coastal plain, held in the final days of Trump’s presidency.

A state of Alaska agency was the main bidder in the January lease sale, committing to pay about $50 million in bonus bids...

 

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