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Biden Will Halt Oil And Gas Leases In Arctic Refuge Sold By Trump: Report

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The Interior Department will suspend oil and gas leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge that the Trump administration approved just weeks before President Biden took office, according to a report on Tuesday. ​

The Trump administration began auctioning off the leases in the refuge’s coastal plains in early January but the announcement wasn’t made public until Jan. 19, former President Donald Trump’s final full day in office.

Officials briefed on the decision told the Washington Post that the Interior Department would halt the leases on the grounds that the Trump administration didn’t follow proper procedures for the auction.

The action is likely to prompt another round of legal battles.

A number of lawsui… (Read more)

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