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Dems hope to ban drilling in Alaska refuge

Updated: January 6, 2007, 4:42 AM ET
By H. JOSEF HEBERT | Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON — Opponents of oil drilling in an Alaskan wildlife refuge are going on the offense after playing defense for a quarter of a century. They want the new Democratic Congress to make an oft-challenged drilling ban permanent.

Legislation introduced in the House on Friday would make the oil-rich 1.2 million-acre coastal strip of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge a permanently protected wilderness and end repeated efforts to open the area east of the Prudhoe oil field to ...

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