Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy vowed to defend federal oil and gas leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge that are held by a state agency after President Joe Biden’s June 1 announcement that he would suspend leases in a refuge.
“Our leases for oil and gas are valid and cannot be taken away by the federal government,” Dunleavy said in a statement. “Neither the President nor the Secretary (of the Interior) are given the discretion to decide otherwise,” he said.
Dunleavy said the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 requires the government to conduct lease sales, and that the state development corporation, the Alaska Industrial Development and Export
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