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Oil and gas lease sale to proceed

Nation in Brief | ALASKA

May 17, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

The Interior Department said in Juneau that it is moving forward with an oil and gas lease sale covering nearly 4 million acres in Alaska's National Petroleum Reserve.

The decision includes a plan to set aside more than 600,000 acres of land considered environmentally sensitive.

The National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska is just west of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

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