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Alaska State Chamber Call to Action

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement to Hold Hearing in Anchorage August 26, 2010

State Chamber members Encouraged to Comment about Off-Shore Development in Alaska

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (formerly MMS) will hold a forum in Anchorage tomorrow, August 26, from 8 am-Noon at the Dena'ina Center with new Director Michael Bromwich.  Doors on the third floor open at 7 am. 

Your Participation and Written Testimony is Needed

The Alaska State Chamber of Commerce strongly supports offshore oil and gas exploration and production in Alaska's Beaufort and Chukchi Seas.  The State Chamber encourages and supports responsible development of these valuable resources and we urge our members to testify to allow these lease sales to move forward.  Support for Oil and Gas Exploration and Development in Alaska's Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Waters is one of our top legislative priorities and we need your help now.  We encourage all State Chamber members to attend this forum.

The forums are being held around the country and are designed to collect information and views about deepwater drilling safety reforms, well containment, and oil spill response, which Director Bromwich will consider in evaluating whether to recommend any modifications to the scope or duration of the deepwater drilling suspensions announced by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on July 12, 2010.

http://www.boemre.gov/forums

Though Alaska's OCS leases are not considered deepwater, Secretary Salazar has included them in the current moratorium that is in place as stated in testimony given on June 23:

http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/294203-1

The Alaska OCS is an important future source of U.S. energy supply with an estimated 27 billion barrels of oil and 132 trillion cubic feet of natural gas potentially in place.  As our nation imports nearly 70% of its oil, responsible development of Alaska's energy resources must be encouraged, not delayed.  The theme of the Anchorage forum will be oil spill preparedness and response.

Though oral testimony will not be allowed at this forum, we urge Alaska State Chamber members to attend this event to demonstrate to Director Bromwich our support for Alaska OCS development and to complete comment cards that will be supplied and submitted at the event.  We encourage Alaska State Chamber members to submit written comments supporting an expeditious process that leads to responsible development of these resources.  Bullet points that should be included in your comments are similar to those used in testimony many of you provided last year:  RDC has graciously provided those on their website at

http://www.akrdc.org/issues/oilgas/ocs/

http://www.akrdc.org/alerts/2009/ocsenergyhearing.html

The deadline for submitting comments on your own is September 17, 2010.

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