Governor Endorses Resolution Urging Congress to Open Up ANWR to Oil & Gas Development
JUNEAU-Today, Governor Sean Parnell endorsed Senate Joint Resolution 3, sponsored by Senator Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna, urging the United States Congress to open a portion Alaska’s coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to oil and gas exploration and development.
On top of the message sent by previous legislatures, current and past governors, and past and present members of Alaska’s congressional delegation to Washington, DC, SJR3 also adds some new provisions to reflect Alaska’s current reality.
“One of the things we added was pointing out the benefit of the current pipeline construction activities underway to link Point Thomson to TAPS, which places ANWR production significantly closer to the pipeline,” said Senator Micciche. “We also added the area that we want to open contains private land that is effectively locked up by the ANILCA bill that created ANWR’s current shape. So far in the ANWR debate, private property rights have been ignored. SJR3 seeks to protect the rights of these landowners.”
Senator Micciche also noted oil and gas related activity in the Arctic has resulted in a significantly smaller footprint on the lands that Alaskans cherish. Oil and gas activities will be monitored to ensure traditional lands and wildlife populations remain pristine and productive.
“Many folks in the lower 48 fail to realize that Alaskans are not asking to develop all of ANWR. We are asking for the right to contribute to America’s energy security by responsibly developing a miniscule portion of the refuge,” said Senator Micciche. “For example, ANWR is approximately the size of South Carolina. The proposed environmentally conscious, on-shore area of ANWR development is a small fraction of that.”
For more information, please contact Larry Semmens in Senator Peter Micciche’s office at 907-283-7996.