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Obama proposes expanding oil-drilling ban in Alaska wildlife refuge
Obama proposes expanding oil-drilling ban in Alaska wildlife refuge

President Obama proposed Sunday to designate 1.4 million acres of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as wilderness, setting off a battle with the Republican-controlled Congress over oil and gas drilling in pristine areas of northern Alaska. The move would bar drilling in the refuge’s coastal plain, a narrow strip between the Brooks Range mountains and the Arctic Ocean. It is estimated to hold 10.3 billion barrels of oil and is also home to polar bears and migratory caribou. “For more than three decades, some voices have clamored to drill for oil in the coastal plain, a move that could irreparably damage this ecological treasure and harm the Alaskan native communities who...

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