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Trump to pave the way for oil and gas drilling in the Arctic Ocean off Alaska

Washington DC-The Trump administration is working to complete the sale of a controversial oil drilling lease in Alaska’s Wildlife Sanctuary.

The Federal Register’s notice from the Bureau of Land Management, which states “unpublished” as of Monday, is seeking a nomination in a leased area that is considering oil sales.

Oil drilling in the sensitive Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) was banned for decades before the 2017 reversal by the Trump administration.

In an executive order signed in April 2017, Trump overturned the Obama administration’s decision to ban oil and gas drilling in the Arctic Ocean off Alaska.

The White House said 90 billion barrels of oil and 327 trillion cubic feet of natural gas are buried from the US coastline, but 94% of the area is off limits.

Presidential election Joe Biden opposes drilling at the ANWR. Since the executive order in 2017, conservationists have been fighting drilling. In recent months, some US banks have said they will not help fund the project.

The 19 million acre shelter is home to many indigenous peoples and wildlife, including polar bears and caribou.

Thirty days after the nomination call was announced on Tuesday, the Trump administration will need to issue a notice of the imminent sale of the lease. According to Reuters, the sale will take place 30 days later, just before Biden takes office on January 20.

Trump to pave the way for oil and gas drilling in the Arctic Ocean off Alaska

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