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What’s Next For The Arctic Wildlife Refuge?

Muskoxen in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska.
Muskoxen in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska.

This week, the Biden Administration announced a pause on oil drilling leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.  

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland issued an order that says the moratorium is because of “multiple legal deficiencies.” 

But Alaska Republicans are calling it an overreach.

What’s next for the refuge? And how did this back and forth over it even begin?

Copyright 2021 WAMU 88.5

Paige Osburn

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