Washington Post

Companies take first steps to drill for oil in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

he coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, with the Brooks Range as a backdrop. Foto: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service photo

Two Alaska Native corporations and a small oil services firm together have applied to do extensive seismic work next winter in the Arctic Natural Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), the first move toward development there since Congress voted late last year to open up the pristine wilderness to oil and gas drilling.

But while President Donald Trump, congressional Republicans, the oil industry and Alaskan leaders have been pushing hard to develop the refuge that had been off-limits to petroleum exploration for more than three decades, the Interior Department's initial response to the consortium's permit application was scathing...

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