Biden administration suspends drilling in Arctic Refuge

Road-building, heavy equipment, pipelines and other industrial activity won't drown out birdsong and caribou calls in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, for now at least.
 
On June 1, the Biden administration suspended oil drilling leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
 
“Oil leases should never have been sold in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and we now need our leaders to make sure it never happens again,” said Ellen Montgomery, Environment America Public Lands campaign director. “We need more nature, more baby caribou, more denning polar bears and more wildlife.”
 
In 2020, Environment America sued the Trump administration for unlawful actions in its drive to open the Arctic Refuge to drilling. We've also called on Congress to permanently forbid oil drilling in the refuge to protect the wilderness and the wildlife that live there.
 
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Photo: Oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is suspended as of June 1. Credit: Alaska Region Alaska Region U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, CC0