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Alaska Legislature Fights Federal Overreach on ANWR

(JUNEAU) – This morning all 20 members of the Alaska Senate voted for House Joint Resolution 11. It opposes any effort by the federal government to place a wilderness designation on the 1002 Area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The prime sponsor of the resolution is Rep. Charisse Millett, R-Anchorage.

“I am especially concerned about a new Comprehensive Conservation Plan the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is drafting for ANWR that could recommend a wilderness designation,” said Rep. Millett. “Only Congress has the power to open or close the 1002 Area, not a group of federal bureaucrats.”

The CCP may be a creative attempt to bypass Congress and its authority to designate wilderness areas.  At least two bills have already been introduced this year in the United States Congress to prevent oil development in the refuge.

Energy security equals national security. The 2,000 acres of ANWR set aside for oil exploration is estimated to hold 10 billion barrels of recoverable oil. That will reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil from country’s hostile to the United States. That also equals new jobs, revenue for the state and extends the life of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline.

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