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FAIRBANKS - The Bureau of Land Management has halted planning efforts for oil and gas development in one section of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.
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Public opposition and the impracticality of development led to the decision in the Southern Planning Area, BLM officials said.
"You never know what will happen in the future," spokeswoman Sharon Wilson said. "We will not be doing anything with the south NPR-A for now."
The reserve on Alaska's North Slope bureau covers 23 million acres and the Southern Planning Area is more than one-third at 9.2 million acres.