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Recent news articles include speculation around potential timing of an Arctic Refuge lease sale.

UN Calls for Investigation Into Trump’s Arctic Drilling Plan

The United Nations Committee of the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) is investigating the U.S. regarding alleged human rights violations of the proposed oil and gas development in the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The U.S. has been asked to respond to by October 30, 2020.

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Arctic Oil to Draw Bids Despite Rout, Interior Chief Predicts

This article quotes DOI Secretary Bernhardt and includes discussion around potential effects that the recent crash in oil prices might have on a lease sale:  “I know there will be a record of decision signed, I believe there will be a call for nominations, and I believe there will likely be a lease sale” this year, Bernhardt said, while acknowledging the unpredictability of the coronavirus pandemic has made it difficult to be unequivocal about anything.

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