The Biden administration will on Tuesday suspend oil drilling leases at the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge that were issued in the Trump administration’s slumpy days, according to two people familiar with the matter.
Interior Secretary Deb Haaland will issue a secretariat order formally terminating the leases, according to the people, who were not allowed to speak on the matter because it had not yet been publicly announced.
The move was widely expected and follows President Inauguration-Day’s executive order to put a moratorium on new Arctic drilling.
“It simply came to our notice then. From the Carter administration, if ANWR can be leased, it is determined by which party it is in the White House, “said Marcella Burke, an energy policy lawyer who served in the Department of the Interior during the Trump administration.” ANWR developers assume that there will be a policy change between Democratic and Republican administrations. But it is not permanent, assuming that one day there will be another party in the White House. “
Arctic tribal leaders who have protested against oil drilling praised the measure.
“Since we started this effort, we have always been told that we work in a good way and if we do, good things will come. Today we see evidence of it, “Tonya Garnett, special projects coordinator for the tribal government of the Native Village of Venetie, said in a statement.” I want to thank President Biden and the Department of the Interior for acknowledging the mistakes made against us. people for the last administration and for having put us on the right path forward. This shows that, no matter the odds, the voices of our tribes are important. ”