June 20, 2024

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Biden protects millions of hectares of nature in Alaska from oil and gas extraction, but controversial willow project continues

Biden protects millions of hectares of nature in Alaska from oil and gas extraction, but controversial willow project continues

If it were up to the Biden administration, it would be half of that National Petroleum Reserve Oil and gas drilling is no longer allowed. The government plans to ban all oil and gas extraction in an area of ​​4 million hectares. Another 1 million hectares are subject to strict rules, which require oil and gas extraction to have as little impact as possible on the wildlife that lives there.

Specially protected areas are considered valuable not only for wildlife but also for beautiful scenery. Migratory caribou and migratory birds live there, as well as polar bears and grizzly bears.

Also, the US government is canceling seven existing drilling contracts Arctic National Wildlife Refuge In Northeast Alaska. These were granted under Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump, who reopened the region to oil drilling after six decades of protection. The contracts cover about 147,000 hectares Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The Biden administration suspended the contracts immediately after taking office, so now they are being canceled entirely.

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