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Governor Asks for Reconsideration of NPR-A Drilling Decision


April 1, 2010, Juneau, Alaska — Governor Sean Parnell has again requested that the U.S. Corps of Engineers re-evaluate its denial of ConocoPhillips’ permit to construct a drill pad known as CD-5 in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska. Governor Parnell maintains the permit application should have been elevated to a higher office within the Corps.

In a second letter to Colonel Reinhard W. Koenig, the Corps’ Alaska district commander, the governor requested that the decision be vacated and the permit application elevated to the division engineer.

Governor Parnell wrote:

“In the interest of public good and proper deference to the State of Alaska, I am, again, asking that you reconsider or withdraw your determination not to elevate the permit decision on ConocoPhillips’ CD-5 permit application to the Division Engineer. On reconsideration, your decision should be vacated and the permit application elevated to the Division Engineer.

“I believe that referral is appropriate where I made my support of the permit application abundantly clear in our meeting of December 1, 2009. You state that my communication did not trigger 33 C.F.R. § 325.8(b). However, for several reasons, the overly literal interpretation seems unreasonable.”

A copy of the letter is available at: http://gov.alaska.gov/parnell_media/documents/CD5_letterandattachments.pdf
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