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(Daily Caller) The Biden administration announced a drilling ban on several million acres of land and ocean in Alaska Sunday, ahead of the administration’s expected approval of a massive drilling project in the state Monday, according to several reports.
The administration’s new rule would bar the sale of future oil drilling leases on three million acres of the Beaufort Sea and 13 million acres across the Natural Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A), blocking future access to more than half of the 23 million acres set aside for oil exploration, according to the Associated Press. The White House is expected to approve ConocoPhillips’ $8 billion Willow project, also situated on the NPR-A, over the objections of green activists, according to multiple reports.
The White House had few options to directly limit the scope of the Willow project, since oil firm ConocoPhillips held leases for the project since 1999, a Biden administration official told…Biden Throws Bone To Environmentalists Before Greenlighting Oil Project: REPORT | The Daily Caller