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Begich Statement on Judge’s Ruling on Drilling Moratorium

U.S. Sen. Mark Begich released the following statement after a federal judge in Louisiana blocked a six-month moratorium on new deepwater drilling projects implemented by the Obama Administration after the Gulf oil spill disaster:

“Today’s decision by the Louisiana judge overturning the Obama Administration’s temporary ban on deepwater offshore oil and gas development shows the moratorium was overreaching. It should serve as a shot across the bow to the administration and Congress that American workers must continue to develop America’s energy resources within our borders.

“Companies demonstrating solid exploration and development plans and oil spill response plans should be able to develop our nation’s abundant oil. Lifting a ban on deepwater activity, which carries greater risk than low-pressure, shallow-water development like in Alaska, hopefully will get responsible exploratory drilling planned by Shell in Alaska’s Arctic waters back on track soon.

“As much as a tragedy as BP’s Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster is, we can’t let emotion overrule sound energy policy. Our country’s energy policy must include increased domestic oil and gas development as we transition to cleaner energy sources.”

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