Alaska court to hear challenge to Arctic refuge oil leases

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Conservationists will try to persuade a U.S. judge to stop the Trump administration from issuing leases to oil and gas companies in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

    The Anchorage Daily News reported that the videoconference Monday in U.S. District Court in Anchorage is expected to determine whether the Bureau of Land Management can open bids in an online lease sale scheduled for Wednesday.

    The agency has offered 10-year leases on 22 tracts covering about 1,563 square miles in the coastal plain, which accounts for about 5% of the refuge's area.


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