US Senate Votes to Open ANWR

    Budget vote Saturday would see oil development in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

    The Senate has given a green light to opening Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling.

    In a vote early Saturday morning, Republicans rejected an effort led by Democratic Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington state to block drilling.

    The vote was 52-48. Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska has pushed for oil and gas drilling in the refuge.

    Opening the remote refuge to oil and gas drilling is a longtime Republican priority that most Democrats fiercely oppose.

    The 19.6-million acre refuge in northeastern Alaska is one of the most pristine areas in the United States and is home to polar bears, caribou, migratory birds and other wildlife.

    (Canadian Press)

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