Environment & Energy

Alaska to Intervene in Suit Challenging Trump Drilling Approval

Jan. 25, 2021, 5:23 PM

Alaska can intervene in lawsuits challenging the Trump administration’s decision to open parts of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska to oil and gas leasing, a federal court in the state ruled.

The state sought to intervene to protect its “significant economic interests in federal oil and gas development,” according to the motion filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska.

Under the Naval Petroleum Reserves Production Act, the state is entitled to receive “50% of sales, bonuses, royalties, and rentals associated with federal oil and gas leases within the NPR-A.” So the outcome of the case “poses a...

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