US Pushes Ahead With Arctic Refuge Drilling Lease Sale

Law360 (December 3, 2020, 5:38 PM EST) -- In the face of massive opposition, the Trump administration on Thursday said it will hold its first lease sale for oil and gas exploration and production in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in early January.

The lease sale was mandated by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, which made oil and gas development one of the purposes of the refuge, the Bureau of Land Management said. The law also directs the U.S. Department of the Interior to carry out a competitive leasing program for the refuge's coastal plain.

"Oil and gas from the coastal plain is an important resource...

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