Currents - Energy Industry Insights: Issue 32, August 2020

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Trump Administration Approves Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for Land Leasing, Oil Drilling -

"The Trump administration continues to roll back environmental protections and opening doors for the fossil fuel industry in hopes of reducing U.S. dependence on foreign fuels even as those policies put the environment at risk."

Why this is important: The article details the U.S. Department of Interior’s (“DOI”) approval of a lease program to allow oil drilling and testing in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (“ANWR”) along Alaska’s North Slope Coastal Plain. Drilling in ANWR, a unique and arguably environmentally sensitive wilderness, has been debated for decades, generally pitting Alaska state officials and the extraction industries on the one side and environmentalists and Native Alaskans on the other....

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