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Begich Statement on News that Deputy Interior Secretary David Hayes Will Step Down

U.S. Sen. Mark Begich released the following statement after U.S. Deputy Interior Secretary David Hayes announced he will step down.

“David Hayes has been a good partner to Alaska.  Together, we made significant progress on streamlining OCS permitting, and Alaska saw the first offshore wells drilled in decades.  I know that without his commitment to the Alaska Interagency Working Group, we would not have seen that progress.”

“While we haven’t always agreed on every issue, he always kept an open mind, did his homework and listened closely to Alaskan’s unique perspectives during his frequent trips to the state. I wish him the best in his next endeavors and look forward to working with his replacement on Alaska energy development.”

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