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Environmental groups sue to block Alaska's Arctic drilling


August 27, 2020

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Environmental groups filed lawsuits aimed at halting efforts by the Trump administration to open up wide swaths of Alaska’s Arctic to oil drilling.

Two separate lawsuits were filed late Monday challenging the Bureau of Land Management’s plan to allow drilling on more than 18 million acres of land in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska. The legal actions contend the administration is rolling back protections for the ecosystem.

The lawsuits came the same day environmental groups filed legal challenges to the Department of the Interior’s opening of the coasta...

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