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Sen. Murkowski, Rep. Young Comment on NOAA Decision to Revise Arctic EIS

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) today released the following statement on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s decision to do a supplemental draft environmental impact statement (SDEIS) for oil and natural gas activities in the Arctic Ocean.  

“When we meet with Administrator Lubchenco in April, I was clear that the original environmental impact statement was deeply flawed and went beyond the agency’s expertise and mission,” Murkowski said. “I appreciate the willingness to take a second look, but I continue to believe that this document is unnecessary and that NOAA is interfering with matters that rightfully belong under the jurisdiction of Interior.”  

“From the beginning, it was clear to the delegation and industry stakeholders that the original DEIS was insufficient and unworkable,” Young said. “I commend NOAA for taking this step and responding to some of our concerns. I will be taking a look at this product and provide further comment at that time.”

The Alaska delegation met last spring with NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco over their concerns that the environmental impact statement could impose additional restrictions beyond those already put in place by the Department of the Interior, which has jurisdiction over Arctic oil and gas activities.

Murkowski and Young noted that NOAA’s most aggressive alternative would not allow any oil and gas activity in the Arctic.

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