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September 24, 1987

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee has decided to move ahead on legislation to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas development, it was announced. Chairman J. Bennett Johnston (D-La.) said the panel voted 13 to 6, in an unusual straw poll, in favor of trying to fashion a bill to carry out the Reagan Administration's plan to develop the Alaska refuge's potentially oil-rich coastal plain. Existing law bars petroleum development in the 19-million acre refuge.

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