Arctic natural reserves, in which substantial deposits of raw materials are suspected, are home to many wildlife. Therefore, former President Trump allowed oil drilling. The Biden government is reversing this for now.
The administration of US President Joe Biden has suspended all oil and gas production activities at an Arctic natural reserve in Alaska. The U.S. Department of the Interior said Tuesday that the suspension would apply until a comprehensive analysis of environmental protection laws. Legal deficiencies were found in granting drilling rights to the Arctic National Wildlife Sanctuary in the northeast of the state.
The Biden government is suspending a controversial move by the government of his predecessor Donald Trump, which granted him the right to drill for ten years, two weeks before his term ends on January 20. Democrat Biden ordered a White House review on his first day.
Substantial material deposits in the region are suspected. Possible exploitation has been debated for decades. The Trump administration of the Republican Party paved the way for a change in the law in 2017 – against considerable opposition from environmental groups. The natural reserve covers a total area of 80,000 square kilometers, which is more than the area of Bavaria.