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Begich Opposed to New ANWR Wilderness Designations


U.S. Sen. Mark Begich released the following statement after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced an update of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge’s 22-year-old Comprehensive Conservation Plan will include consideration of new wilderness designations within ANWR:

“The Obama administration is wrong to pursue new wilderness in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge or anywhere else in Alaska. I’ll fight any effort to block development of the enormous oil and gas likely beneath the Arctic Refuge. I’ll work through my position on the Senate Budget Committee to cut any funding for this effort, and with the other members of Alaska’s congressional delegation to short-circuit this unnecessary, money-wasting review.”

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