Begich Says Spur Road Project Permit Vital, But More Progress Needed
Traveling to Nuiqsut this Weekend to View Project First Hand
Senator Begich welcomed the wetlands permit for Kuukpik Corporation’s 6-mile spur road to connect the village of Nuiqsut with the ConocoPhillips’ CD-5 and Alpine oil field developments.
“This permit is critical to the village of Nuiqsut,” said Begich. “I pushed hard for this road because it allows villagers to realize the economic value of their lands, work at the Alpine project and live at home, and provides safe travel beyond developed areas for greater subsistence hunting opportunities.”
Begich has advocated for development on Alaska Native and federal lands in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A), including during his recent address to a joint legislative session in Juneau.
In August 2010, Begich chaired a field hearing of the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee in Barrow, Alaska. Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan joined Begich for the hearing and they also traveled to the western most oil development on Alaska’s North Slope. They toured CD-5 and ConocoPhillips’ Alpine field to see firsthand how oil development can be done responsibly in the Arctic. The senators are pictured here with Edward Itta.
“I want to thank Senator Begich for his support on this project,” said Isaac Nukapigak, President of Kuukpik Corporation. “His meetings with EPA administrator Gina McCarthy and Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on behalf of our community were critical to moving this project forward. I’m looking forward to hosting Senator Begich in Nuiqsut this weekend when I will be able to show him the site of the road firsthand.”
“This is good step for the village of Nuiqsut, but we are not done yet,” said Begich. “I will continue to press the administration until we get the roads to the oil fields so we are prepared to responsibly develop our own resources.”
Sen. Begich will travel this weekend to Nuiqsut to meet with Kuukpik Corporation officials, villagers, and to participate in one of eight public hearings on the ConocoPhillips’ oil field development known as Greater Mooses’ Tooth (GMT) 1 draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement.
Senator Begich’s Record of Fighting for Action on These Roads:
August 2010 - Escorted Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) to the nearby Alpine development with Kuukpik officials to discuss CD-5, the spur road project, and broader NPR-A development.
August 2013 – Escorted Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to Alpine development to discuss spur road project, GMT 1 and 2 projects, and the NPR-A land plan.
February 2014 – Met with EPA Region 10 Administrator Dennis McLerran to discuss progress on project.
February 2014 – Discussed project with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy.
March 2014 – Will visit Nuiqsut for community meeting on the spur road to CD-5, GMT 1&2 developments and NPR-A development plans in general.