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Begich Statement on BOEM Conditional Approval for Shell 2012



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U.S. Sen. Mark Begich today released the following statement after the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced conditional approval of Shell’s Revised Chukchi Exploration Plan which includes a condition of cutting the drill season by 38 days:

“I am concerned that today’s short-sighted decision is influenced by election year politics instead of the long-term energy and jobs needs of our country. I am disappointed that the Administration has diverted from months of positive progress and thrown this last-minute monkey wrench into Arctic development. 

“Alaska has done off-shore exploration before, we’ve done it safely, and the technology is better now than it has ever been.”

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