A bureaucratic fight stalls oil drilling in Alaska

Government in action: A bureaucratic fight stalls an oil drill project in Alaska.

The project has put two federal agencies at odds. The Environmental Protection Agency has maintained that a roadless alternative, which would route the pipeline under the Nigliq Channel and use an airstrip instead of a road and bridge, would be less damaging to the reserve’s environment. The Interior Department backs Conoco’s proposal as environmentally preferable.