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Interior Department eyes protected Arctic land for drilling


August 17, 2018

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Trump administration is aiming to open millions of acres (hectares) of Alaska Arctic land for drilling that was protected under the Obama administration.

The U.S. Department of the Interior began talks with state officials and the North Slope Borough, looking to update the 2013 management plan that kept drilling off about half of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, the Anchorage Daily News reported this week. The vast reserve spans about 35,937 square miles (93,077 square kilometers), and is almost as large as the state of Maine.

The potential area includes...

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