Ninth Circuit Greenlights Drilling in Alaska Reserve

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Drilling can proceed in Alaska’s sensitive National Petroleum Reserve without an update to the government’s 2012 assessment of whether the oil and gas development would speed up climate change, and despite the fact that the assessment was completed four years before the oil at issue was discovered, the Ninth Circuit ruled Thursday.

The BLM-managed Reserve is unlike anything else in the world. Rich in resources, it is an incredible place of shallow wetlands, deep lakes, beaded streams, deep open lakes, and tundra.

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