OPENING OF ANWR NOT PUT TO VOTE IN SENATE

The Senate, debating U.S. energy legislation, last week avoided a vote on whether to allow petroleum operations on part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in northern Alaska. Sens. Frank Murkowski and Ted Stevens, both Republicans from Alaska, decided not to force a vote on the issue. They announced their decision after returning to Alaska to meet with constituents and state legislators. Murkowski said leasing of the ANWR Coastal Plain would have affected only about 12,500 acres and noted

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