The Biden administration will be reviewing one of the decisions during the Trump era associated with the Arctic oil plan. The decision had permitted access to oil drilling activities across a majority of the National Petroleum Reserve of Alaska (NPR-A). The Interior Department declared on Wednesday that the government would look into the potential of the Arctic project.
The administration is currently struggling with the management of the NPR-A. The reserve has focused on remodelling the federal oil and gas program with the objective of reducing climate change. However, at the same time, it has favored a contested oil and gas project worth &6 billion within its boundaries.
During the Trump era, the responsible administration expanded the access available for oil and gas developers from 50% to 84% last year of the 23-million-acre expanse of reserve. The environmental groups of the nation boldly sued, accusing the Interior of failing to conduct a sufficiently proof-backed and detailed analysis under the National Environmental Policy Act. Interior was also said to have performed a weak and unreliable assessment of its environmental implications.
Now, the Biden administration has taken up the task of examining the issues modifying certain aspects of the plan. The administration will change allocations where drillers can lease and eventually develop natural gas and crude oil.As the ongoing review is conducted, meanwhile Interior would not allow any new oil and gas leases in on the land. This includes the ones that the Trump administration has inaugurated for oil exploration.