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Governor Parnell Urges Access to Alaska’s OCS Resources


Sends Letter to Secretary Salazar as BOEMRE Process Advances

March 31, 2011, Anchorage, Alaska - Governor Sean Parnell today sent a letter to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar urging the federal government to work with the state on development of Alaska's Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) resources.

"The decisions BOEMRE will make in scoping and selecting a preferred alternative in the NEPA process for the OCS leasing program are critical," wrote Governor Parnell. "Instead of financing new foreign sources of oil in the OCS off Brazil, we need to develop and increase our domestic supply of oil and gas."

Governor Parnell continued to highlight the vast resources available onshore and offshore in Alaska, citing a 2008 USGS report and a University of Alaska study detailing the massive reserves held in Alaska.

"Alaska is the United States' most important and most abundant domestic source of future oil and gas," wrote Governor Parnell.

The governor also detailed the significant safety and spill prevention regulatory requirements in Alaska. He asked Interior Secretary Salazar to ensure that BOEMRE staff work directly with Commissioner Sullivan to ensure Alaska's input is considered as the process guiding OCS leasing moves forward.

Today's letter follows written testimony provided by Natural Resources Commissioner Dan Sullivan at a public scoping meeting held February 25, 2011 in Anchorage by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE). BOEMRE is currently considering a preferred alternative in the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process for OCS leasing.

A copy of the letter from Governor Parnell to Secretary Salazar is available at: http://gov.alaska.gov/parnell_media/documents/gov_OCSDevelopmentLetter03312011.pdf

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