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Sen. Begich Comments on DOI Changes to Oil and Gas Leasing

Following an announcement by the Department of the Interior Jan. 6 that there will be changes to current procedures for oil and gas leasing, U.S. Senator Mark Begich released the following statement:

"American families and factories need a secure and reliable source of energy which over the next few decades best comes from oil and gas production right here in America. In Alaska, it can take 10 years or more to actually produce a drop of oil and most of that time is devoted to government permitting.

"I am concerned these new procedures will further delay oil and gas development, especially in my state, where it is broadly supported and where we know how to do development in an environmentally responsible way. Alaskans are ready to produce the oil and gas this country needs. As these new policies are implemented, I'll oppose them if they result in nothing but further bureaucratic delays in meeting our nation's energy needs.

"I support full public review of all resource development. These new leasing procedures announced today by the Interior Department appear to address some processes followed in the past that led to the Bureau of Land Management illegally approving leases in Utah."

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