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Trump Administration Continues Arctic Assault with Western Arctic Lease Sale


December 7, 2017

WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, the Bureau of Land Management held its annual lease sale in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, in Alaska’s western Arctic. The area offered for lease was the largest in Reserve history with more than 10 million acres on the block, including sensitive wildlife habitat surrounding the Teshekpuk Lake Special Area – one of the largest and most ecologically significant wetland areas in the world. And yet, of the 900 hundred tracts offered only seven were leased, covering approximately 80,000 acres and working out to $14.99 per acre – or less than 1% of the land offered.


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