Biden Administration to Scrap Trump Plan for Wider Alaska Oil Drilling

The U.S. Department of the Interior said it will scrap the Trump administration’s decision that authorized expanded leasing and development in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska, or NPR-A.

Yereth Rosen, Reuters

The Biden administration announced on Jan. 10 that it will reverse a Trump-era policy that opened up vast swathes of Arctic Alaska land to new oil development.

The U.S. Department of the Interior said it will scrap the Trump administration’s decision that authorized expanded leasing and development in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska, or NPR-A. Even though Trump took several steps to try to boost oil-and-gas development in Alaska, production in the state fell to a 43-year low in 2020, as drillers focus their attention in Texas and other Lower 48 states.

Official notice of the change will come in a notice to be filed on Jan. 10 in federal court in Alaska, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), a division of the Department of the Interior, said in a statement.

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