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Begich Statement on ConocoPhillips’ Decision to Put Chukchi OCS Drilling Plans on Hold

U.S. Sen. Mark Begich today issued the following statement after learning that ConocoPhillips will not move forward with its offshore drilling activities in the Chukchi Sea in 2014:

“I am disappointed.  I’ve spent the last four years working with the administration and industry to promote responsible development of Alaska’s Chukchi and Beaufort seas.  With today’s announcement, I will continue to encourage the Department of Interior and industry to work together, iron out their differences and get moving on exploring and developing these resources that are key to our economic and national security. While today’s decision is disappointing, I remain encouraged and optimistic about the progress the administration has made to allow more progress on oil and gas development off Alaska’s Arctic coast than it has seen in decades. ”

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