The tax bill headed to President Trump for signature lifts a ban on oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. But it might take years for drilling to begin, if it ever does.
Satellite images of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge show the effects of an oil well that operated there in the mid-1980s.
Advocates of oil exploration in an Alaska wildlife refuge are taking advantage of the special rules of the tax debate to charge toward victory.
Crucial votes from Senators McCain and Murkowski have the bill poised to pass.
A measure to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration is before Congress. Similar efforts have failed in the past, but this time drilling advocates have cause for optimism.
Alaska’s climate and natural resources mean it is often at the center of opposing environmental policies.