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Biden Moves to Block Drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

The Biden administration moved this week to halt oil and gas operations in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. In 2017, the Trump administration opened around 1.5 million acres in the protected region for exploration. The area has been a political hot button issue for decades. Conservatives have advocated for opening it to more fuel production while conservationists and several liberal politicians aim to protect its resources. See what it has to offer and what's at risk.

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    Map of Northeast Alaska

    Map of Northeast Alaska

    This map shows the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska as the boundaries were in 2001.

    Gwich'in Nation in Alaska

    Gwich'in Nation in Alaska

    Tony Hawke, from the Gwich'in Nation in Alaska, poses for a portrait. The tribe has been living in coexistence with the land within ANWR and its creatures for centuries.

    Sand Shoal

    Sand Shoal

    A raft on Sand Shoal in the Arctic Ocean looking south over Ocean Coastal Plain to Brooks Mountains.

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