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Co-Chairs Comment on Parnell's Oil & Gas Proposal


Monday, May 20, 2013, Anchorage, Alaska – The Alaska House of Representatives Resources Committee Co-Chairs today commented on Governor Sean Parnell’s Oil and Gas Exploration Proposal for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge 1002 Area.

The Governor’s proposal includes a seven-year seismic and exploration program to provide a more definitive assessment of the amount of resources within the 1002 Area, and a pledge to request up to $50 million from the Alaska Legislature to help fund the seismic program if the federal government showed interest to partner with the State of Alaska.

“We welcome the news from Governor Parnell on exploring and developing oil and gas in the 1002 area of ANWR,” Co-Chair Dan Saddler, R-JBER/Eagle River, said. “The President’s own National Strategy for the Arctic Region calls for cooperation with the State of Alaska and a key component of the strategy is to provide for energy security through the responsible production of oil, gas and renewable energy. The time to act is now; we need to move forward with the development and keep Alaska in the forefront of the decisions.”

“This is a great move by the Governor, it demonstrates that if the United States Congress isn’t moving forward on production in the Arctic then Alaska will; Alaska is ready to put our money where our mouth is,” Co-Chair Eric Feige, R-Chickaloon, said. “We must have a definitive idea of what resources are available in ANWR. The federal government needs to know what they’re passing up if they continue to turn ANWR into a wildlife refuge. We have a significant natural resource that should be developed.”

A copy of the proposal was sent to the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell.

The 1002 area of ANWR includes 1.5 million acres of land including wildlife, fish, subsistence resources, as well as enormous hydrocarbon potential that could rival the Prudhoe Bay oil fields.

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