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ENR GOP: Response to House Criticism of Alaska Offshore Exploration

From March 30th

Reps. Waxman and Markey issued a press release today claiming that a new GAO report shows that “ultra-deep oil drilling is not yet ultra-safe, especially in the environmentally sensitive Alaskan waters.”

In response, you can quote me:

“There’s nothing ultra-deep, mid-deep, or even sort of deep about 140 feet of water. The Alaskan waters proposed for exploration this summer are as shallow as this analysis.”

For those fact checkers among you:

Ultra-deep water is defined as depths of 1,500 meters or greater – that’s roughly 5,000 feet of water or more. Alaska’s Arctic waters in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas where drilling is proposed this summer, by comparison, are about 140 feet in depth.

And just in case you weren’t aware, there’s been more than 65 exploration wells drilled in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas in the past 40 years without incident.

Robert Dillon
Republican Communications Director
Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee

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