Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is a 19.6 million acre protected area in northeastern Alaska. It is the largest national wildlife refuge in the United States, housing polar bears, caribou, snowy owls and others. It also hosts migratory birds from six continents. It has several native settlements, including the Indigenous Gwich’in.
US President Joe Biden recently suspended oil and gas leases in this refuge to review environmental impacts of drilling in this remote region. New environmental review will be undertaken to assess the possible legal flaws in the drilling program approved by the Trump Administration. The suspension comes days after the government was criticised for defending the previous administration’s decision to approve major oil project in this region.