Washington Post

Trump administration seeks to drill on more than two-thirds of nation's largest swath of public land

A bear looks after her three cubs in North Slope Borough, Alaska, between Nuiqsut and Teshekpuk Lake, where the Trump administration is proposing to open the land to oil and gas drilling, on May 25, 2019. Foto: Washington Post/Bonnie Jo Mount

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration proposed on Thursday to open more than two-thirds of the nation's largest piece of public land to oil and gas drilling, removing wildlife protections for the Alaskan tract that have been in place for more than four decades.

Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management wants to allow fossil fuel extraction in roughly 82 percent of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska on the state's North Slope. Less famous than the neighboring Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, it is one of the most ecologically valuable tracts of federal property - providing a critical refuge to polar bears as well as tens of thousands of migrating caribou and waterfowl...

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