efe-epaBy Timothy Puko. Washington DC

The administration of United States President Donald Trump said on Thursday that oil drilling in part of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge would have a negligible environmental impact, clearing the way for lease sales to oil companies this year, according to EFE/Dow Jones.

The finding by the US Department of Interior was backed by Alaskan officials and others who called it a critical step in decades of work to open the wildlife refuge to oil interests. EFE-EPA