Considerable raw material deposits are suspected in the Arctic nature reserve. Therefore, ex-President Trump allowed oil drilling. The Biden government is now reversing this for the time being.
The administration of US President Joe Biden has suspended all oil and gas production activities in an Arctic nature reserve in Alaska. The suspension applies until a comprehensive analysis based on the environmental protection laws, said the US Department of the Interior on Tuesday. Legal deficiencies were found in the granting of drilling rights in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in the northeast of the state.
The Biden government is thus stopping a controversial measure by the government of his predecessor Donald Trump, which two weeks before the end of its term in office on January 20 had granted drilling rights for ten years. Democrat Biden ordered a review on his first day in the White House.
Considerable raw material deposits are suspected in the area. A possible exploitation has been debated for decades. The administration of Republican Trump paved the way for drilling in 2017 with a change in the law – against considerable opposition from environmental organizations. The nature reserve covers a total of around 80,000 square kilometers, which is more than the area of Bavaria.