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Biden reduces Alaska lands available for development

‘Strategy diminishes Alaska Native self-determination’

The Biden administration has announced plans to reduce the area in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska available for oil and gas development. The U.S. Geological Survey estimates the reserve, which is located on the western North Slope of Alaska, contains 8.7 billion barrels of developable oil.

The Bureau of Land Management Monday announced it is reverting from a 2020 Trump-era action plan to an Obama-era 2013 plan and incorporating some stipulations in the Trump administration’s plan. The stipulations include "certain more protective lease stipulations and operating procedures for threatened and endangered species."

The change leaves almost 12 million acres of land, or 52 percent of the petroleum reserve available for development. The Trump era plan allowed oil and gas development of 18.6 million acres, or 82 percent of the reserve.


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