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Alaska leaders claim victory with refuge drilling provision


December 28, 2017

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska political leaders on Wednesday hailed as historic the passage of federal legislation that will allow for oil and gas drilling in a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

The state’s Republican congressional delegation sees it as a win decades in the making, one they say will provide a boost for this oil-reliant state. Environmental groups see it as a big mistake and say the fight isn’t over.

The drilling provision was part of a larger package _ a major restructuring of U.S. tax policy _ that also repeals a requirement that Americans carry health i...

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