Oil drilling in ANWR moves ahead as part of Senate tax bill

Area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge coastal plain, looking south toward the Brooks Range mountains
photo courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service



Republicans took a major step forward early Saturday in their decades-long fight to open a piece of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling. Included as part of the sweeping tax reform bill passed by the Senate in a 51-to-49 vote is a highly controversial provision to allow energy exploration in a 1.5 million-acre swath…

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