US leases long-sought Alaska oil rights in Trump's final days

New York (AFP) – US President Donald Trump’s administration auctioned off 11 oil leases in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge on Wednesday, in a last-ditch move to expand drilling in the areas coveted by some petroleum producers before he leaves office. Major oil companies however sat out bidding for tracts in the environmentally sensitive area, and nine of the leases went to the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority, a state agency, while two went to small companies. The sale raised $14 million. The White House announced the plan to go ahead with the sale in mid-November just we…

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