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Despite Shutdown, Trump Administration Continued Effort To Expand Alaska Oil Drilling


Added 01-11-19 04:06:02pm EST - “The Bureau of Land Management has gone ahead with a series of public meetings on its effort to expand oil development in the 22-million-acre National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “Despite Shutdown, Trump Administration Continued Effort To Expand Alaska Oil Drilling”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Drilling at the Conoco-Phillips Carbon location in the National Petroleum Reserve, Alaska. Judy Patrick/AP hide caption

Overflowing trash cans and vandalism in national parks managed by the Interior Department have become a symbol of the ongoing partial government shutdown. The agency has announced it is taking what it calls the "extraordinary step" of using money from entrance fees to pay for cleanup.

But, despite the shutdown, the Trump administration is continuing work on one of Interior's biggest, most controversial priorities: opening up more Arctic lands in Alaska to oil drilling.

The Bureau of Land Management, an agency under the Interior, has gone ahead with a series of public meetings on its effort to expand oil development in the 22-million-acre National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.

E-mails obtained by Alaska Public Media show that on January 3 — two weeks into the shutdown — a BLM employee was contacting Alaska community leaders to schedule meetings related to oil lease sales in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Congress legalized drilling in the refuge just over one year ago, after decades of opposition from conservation groups.

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