In a preliminary decision Thursday, the service picked the "no action" alternative from a range of options in environmental studies.
…The FWS decision was welcomed by many in communities near the refuge who feared it would open a pristine area to oil and gas development.
"I'm very happy, on behalf of the tribe," said First Chief Michael Peters of the Gwichyaa Zhee Gwich'in Tribe at Fort Yukon. "This means a lot to us. I commend Fish and Wildlife."