Sens. Murkowski, Hoeven to Tour Alaska Energy, National Security Sites
Key Senate Energy Committee Members Visit Alaska Energy Production Sites and Coast Guard’s Arctic Operations, Assess Strategic National Assets and Future Infrastructure Needs
WASHINGTON, D.C. –Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) will spend the weekend showing Sen. John Hoeven (R-North Dakota), her colleague on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, around northern Alaska. The senators will visit oil and natural gas exploration and production activities on the North Slope in the context of U.S. national security and Arctic strategy.
The senators will meet with state and local North Slope leaders, as well as U.S. Coast Guard and military officials to discuss current and future plans for Arctic offshore exploration and regional infrastructure needs. Additionally, the Coast Guard will brief them on the expanding Arctic mission, including energy development, shipping, fisheries and defense issues.
Sens. Murkowski and Hoeven also plan to visit several oil and natural gas resource sites during their tour of northern Alaska, including stops in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska to view abandoned federally-owned oil wells that are still awaiting cleanup by the Bureau of Land Management 40 years after they were drilled, and the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
The senators will hold a media availability Sunday at 6 p.m. at the Signature Terminal of Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport to discuss their two-day tour and the path forward for improving the nation’s energy policy.
Sen. Murkowski is the top Republican on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Sen. Hoeven is one of the committee’s most active members. Both have been working closely to advance the nation’s energy policies and bolster the economy. Sens. Murkowski and Hoeven recently introduced separate, but complimentary bills to improve federal management of America’s energy resources.