National Petroleum Reserve, Alaska

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The National Petroleum Reserve, Alaska, like the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, occupies "part of the coastal plain that stretches across the whole of northern Alaska." The National Petroleum Reserve is a "95,000-square-kilometre tract of land lies about 180 kilometres to the west of the wildlife refuge. The name doesn't scream 'valuable habitat', but ecologists and environmentalists say that's exactly what it is. And, as is the case with the wildlife refuge, they claim it is under threat from oil and gas development." [1]

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