Representative Millett Applauds Passage of ANWR Legislation
(JUNEAU) – Today the United States House of Representatives passed the American Energy and Jobs Infrastructure Act, legislation that permits oil and gas exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
“I am thrilled ANWR passed the house for the twelfth time and the continued effort by Alaskans to open a small piece of the coastal plain,” said Rep. Millett. “We cannot stop trying to make the country more energy independent by refilling the Trans-Alaska Pipeline with the billions of barrels of oil that can be safely extracted underneath ANWR.”
Arctic Power invited Representative Millett to Washington DC this month to promote and discuss with congressional leaders the critical role ANWR and the rest of Alaska has in the nation’s energy portfolio.
"I believe this is a great victory for the people of America. It shows our American leaders want environmentally responsible domestic oil production in the Arctic, which they understand can be done safely and carefully,” said Adrian Herrera, Executive Director of Arctic Power. “The House of Representatives mirrors the voice of the people of America and especially those of Alaska in supporting development of the Coastal Plain of ANWR. Thirty seven years of debate is too long. Twelve positive votes are too many. The US Senate needs to act and the President needs to heed the voice of people which spoke very clearly tonight."
Representative Millett visited the following congressional offices on Capitol Hill:
Congressman Tim Walz, MN-1
Congressman Cedric Richmond, LA-2
Congressman Peter Welch, VT-AL
Congressman Dale Kildee, MI-5
Congressman Stevan Pearce, NM-2
Congressman Henry Cuellar, TX-28
Congressman Doc Hastings, WA-4
Congressman Gerald Connolly, VA-11
Congressman Ed Perimutter, CO-7
Congressman Joe Walsh, IL-8
Meetings were also held with Senator Mark Begich, energy staffers for Senator Lisa Murkowski and Kip Knudson, Director of State and Federal Relations, State of Alaska. Another meeting with BLM official Michael Nedd took place on when the agency plans to clean up unplugged Legacy Wells in northern Alaska.
The legislation passed 237-187 this afternoon. In addition to opening ANWR it also opens new areas along the outer continental shelf to oil and gas exploration and creates a framework for shale oil exploration and production on federal lands.
Rep. Millett also plans to introduce legislation this week requiring the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development to conduct a marketing campaign each year designed to garner support for natural resource development on federal lands in Alaska.
For more information, contact Rep. Millett at (907) 465-3879.