Interior may limit Arctic drilling
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The Department of Interior is considering ways to limit drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as a means of convincing Senate members to allow development.

Several plans are under consideration but none have been selected. According to The New York Times, department officials said drilling could be limited to 500,000 acres on ANWR's coastal plain.

The House passed a bill last summer to allow drilling, limiting the above-ground "footprint" to 2,000 acres. All of ANWR would still allowed to be drilled, however.

The Times does not make clear how any proposal under consideration would affect the footprint.

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