2 Jun 2021

Biden suspends oil and gas leases to drill in Alaska’s Arctic refuge

President Biden has suspended oil and gas drilling leases in Alaska’s Arctic wildlife refuge, reversing a flagship Trump policy, while an environmental review is carried out.

The region is home to vast oil reserves, but also to polar bears, caribou, snowy owls and other wildlife. Democrats and environmental groups have long campaigned to protect the area and stop it being opened up for drilling. Kate Fisher reports from Washington.