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Begich Comments on State ANWR Plan

U.S. Senator Mark Begich issued the following statement today in response to the Parnell administration’s request for federal funding to help conduct additional 3-D seismic work in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to determine oil and gas potential:

“The Obama administration is wrong in opposing oil and gas exploration and development in the Arctic Refuge, which I’ve been telling them for five years. Alaskans have proven we know how to responsibly develop oil and gas in some of harshest conditions on earth.

“Numerous assessments by state, federal and university geologists say the oil and gas reserves believed to lie beneath ANWR are enormous – up to 10 billion barrels of oil and nearly 4 trillion cubic feet of gas. America’s long-term energy future should be centered on increased domestic production. 

“There is no immediate threat to add additional wilderness in the Refuge. Along with Governor Parnell, Senator Murkowski and Congressman Young, I will continue to push the Obama administration to allow seismic work and exploration in ANWR.  This is a sound proposal to move forward with greatly improved science and technology.”

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