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Begich Welcomes Beaufort Lease Sale Planning

U.S. Senator Mark Begich issued the following statement today upon release of the call for information for the 2017 Beaufort Sea lease sale:

“This is another important step to developing the massive oil and gas resources of the Arctic Ocean and keeping oil flowing through the Trans-Alaska Pipeline for decades to come.  As we work on resolving permitting delays for existing leases, we need to be planning for the future.

Residents of the North Slope have balanced responsible oil development and subsistence hunting for decades.  I am confident we can do so again in the Beaufort Sea and encourage industry and whaling groups to come to the table so we can make good decisions going forward.”

For more information on the Beaufort Sea oil and gas lease sale visit the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s website.

For more information on Begich’s efforts pushing for increased oil and gas development on federal lands and waters visit his Senate website.

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