State development agency may test Interior Department on suspension of lease activity in ANWR

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Alaska’s state development authority will be testing the Department of the Interior’s action to suspend lease activities in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

The Alaska Industrial Development Authority, or AIDEA, is proceeding with plans to market its leases to industry and has started preparations to apply for permits for a winter seismic survey, the authority’s board was told June 23 by Alan Wietzner, the authority’s executive director. 

Federal leases in ANWR were purchased last January by AIDEA in a lease sale held days before President Joe Biden was sworn into office to take over from outgoing President Donald Trump. 

Biden opposes ANWR exploration and his Interior Secretary, Deb Haaland, announced on

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