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Biden to protect 16m acres in Alaska and Arctic Ocean from oil drilling

Announcement comes as regulators prepare to reveal final decision on controversial Willow project

Joe Biden will prevent or limit oil drilling in 16m acres in Alaska and the Arctic Ocean, an administration official said on Sunday.

The announcement, which was expected formally as soon as Sunday evening, came as regulators prepare to announce a final decision on the Willow project, a controversial oil drilling plan pushed by ConocoPhillips.

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