Obama Administration Calls For 12 Million Acre ‘Wilderness’ Area In Arctic Refuge

Posted by Mike Confino, April 5, 2015

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The Obama administration on Friday finalized its recommendation to expand protected areas of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, calling on Congress to block about 12 million acres 5 million hectares from oil and gas drilling.

U.S. President Barack Obama, in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner released by the White House, stood by his administration’s earlier recommendation to preserve a wide swath of the state’s Arctic refuge, setting up a likely battle with the Republican-led Congress over the oil-rich area.

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