- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 28, 2015

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Alaska political leaders remain riled up about President Barack Obama’s plans to recommend that the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge be put off limits to potential oil and gas drilling.

A resolution was introduced in the state House, calling on Congress to reject any proposal “that does not explicitly and, without delay” open the coastal plain for development.

Obama has said he’ll recommend designating much of the refuge as wilderness, including the coastal plain. That’s the highest level of protection.

State political leaders see it as an example of federal overreach that they say would limit Alaska’s ability to develop its resources.

Congress will have to weigh in.

State lawmakers urged Alaskans to use the (hashtag)ThisIsOurAlaska to bring attention to the issue on social media.

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