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Gov. Commends Senator's Work on Arctic OCS


December 16, 2011, Anchorage, Alaska - Governor Sean Parnell today expressed his appreciation for Senator Lisa Murkowski’s work on legislation promoting responsible Arctic oil and gas development. The provision, which is currently before Congress, would transfer air emissions authority for offshore activity from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to the Department of the Interior.

“Thanks largely to Senator Murkowski’s considerable efforts, Congress could soon act to eliminate unnecessary roadblocks to responsible resource development in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas,” Governor Parnell said. “The EPA has been laboring over air permits for Shell exploration plans for many years. This is unacceptable, and this fix is long overdue. Developing Alaska’s vast energy potential is essential to create Alaskan jobs and revenue, and help secure our nation’s energy security.”

The Interior Department, which already administers air quality permits in the Gulf of Mexico, has a strong record of emissions oversight for offshore oil and gas production.

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