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Biden to Cancel Oil & Gas Leases in Alaska Wildlife Refuge, But Willow Project Remains

HeadlineSep 07, 2023

The Biden administration said it is canceling all existing oil and gas drilling leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska and banning drilling on 13 million acres, or over half of the National Petroleum Reserve. But the new regulations will not block the $8 billion Willow project, which Biden approved earlier this year despite widespread objections from environmentalists and Indigenous activists. Climate activists are calling on the Biden administration to go further and end all oil and gas drilling.

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