U.S. withdraws Trump-era land deal in Alaska wildlife refuge

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By Nichola Groom (Reuters) – The Biden administration said on Tuesday it rescinded a land swap deal struck by former President Donald Trump’s interior secretary that would have allowed a new road to cut through an Alaska wildlife refuge. The decision comes as President Joe Biden’s administration faces heavy criticism from environmental groups for its approval earlier this week of a massive oil and gas development in Alaska’s Arctic. In a statement, the Interior Department said Secretary Deb Haaland withdrew the 2019 land exchange deal between the agency and the Alaska native King Cove Corporat…

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