ANWR on hold: Decades-long uncertainty over Arctic refuge drilling continues

The decades-long battle over drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge continues. The Trump administration held the first-ever lease sale in the northernmost slice of the refuge, called the coastal plain, in early January. But no major oil companies showed up. And then, when Joe Biden took office on Wednesday, he immediately slammed the brakes on drilling in the refuge. So how did we get here? And, what’s next? Alaska Public Media’s Tegan Hanlon has this look.

Tegan Hanlon is the digital managing editor at Alaska Public Media. Reach her at or 907-550-8447. Read more about Tegan here.

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