"The Trump administration is asking oil and gas firms to pick spots where they want to drill in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as it races to open the pristine wilderness to development and lock in drilling rights before President-elect Joe Biden takes office.
The “call for nominations” to be published Tuesday in the Federal Register allows companies to identify tracts on which to bid during an upcoming lease sale on the refuge’s nearly 1.6 million-acre coastal plain, a sale that the Interior Department aims to hold before Biden takes the oath of office in January. The move would be a capstone of President Trump’s efforts to open up public lands to logging, mining and grazing, which Biden strongly opposes.
A GOP-controlled Congress in 2017 authorized drilling in the refuge, a vast wilderness that is home to tens of thousands of migrating caribou and waterfowl, along with polar bears and Arctic foxes."
Juliet Eilperin reports for the Washington Post November 16, 2020.
"U.S. Asks Oil Companies To Nominate Drilling Parcels In Alaska Refuge" (Reuters)
"Trump Administration, in Late Push, Moves to Sell Oil Rights in Arctic Refuge" (New York Times)
"Trump Administration Rushes To Sell Oil Rights In Arctic National Wildlife Refuge" (NPR)