Alaska hires 2nd outside law firm to fight Biden administration over Arctic National Wildlife Refuge leases

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The Dunleavy administration has hired a contract law firm to fight the federal suspension of oil and gas development in ANWR, supplementing the hired attorneys already working the case on behalf of Alaska's economic development corporation:

Funding for the contract, which is capped at $250,000, comes from a $4 million, multi-year budget boost that lawmakers gave the law department last year for “statehood defense.” The contract is “meant to be a release valve” for the Department of Law and will cover more than the Arctic Refuge lawsuit, said Aaron Sadler, a department spokesman.

in a case where conservation groups are challenging environmental approvals for a proposed road to a mining district in remote Northwestern Alaska — though in that lawsuit, the state has not registered outside attorneys.


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Dunleavy is great at wasting state money on stupid lawsuits. Someone should tell the Kool-Aid drinking sycophants that's where their $6700 PFDs went.

Another case for him to lose.

GovDunleavy damn bro another lawsuit what a waste of our money.

Being As the persons involved have their own money - they don't need taxpayer money funding a political stunt. That is all this is , a waste of state taxmoney for interests other than the State's wellbeing.

Dunleavy knows his sorry, pathetic base..and his sorry, pathetic corporate donors..but Alaskans are Dun with him..

Cool. Not even the oil companies wanted those leases when the sale was up. More great fiscal conservatism.

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