Interior's Oil Reserve Plan Draws Heat From Alaska Sens.

Law360, New York (August 14, 2012, 7:48 PM EDT) -- The Interior Department’s proposal Monday to make new land available for oil and gas leasing in Alaska allows for the construction of a new pipeline to support offshore production, but the state’s lawmakers say the plan includes provisions that would make it difficult to build one.

The agency’s “preferred alternative” calls for opening 11.8 million acres of the 23.5 million-acre National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, or NPR-A, to oil and gas development, while protecting areas that are home to Alaska Natives and wildlife like caribou.

The Interior Department...
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