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Rep. Millett Reacts to Bill Locking Up ANWR

Thursday, November 14, 2013, Anchorage, Alaska –Alaska State Representative Charisse Millett, R-Anchorage, today issued the following statement in reaction to the bill introduced by U.S. senators Maria Cantwell and Mark Kirk that would permanently close the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to oil and gas development.

“It’s disappointing, though not surprising, that senators from states claiming to be good faith neighbors with Alaska are once again attempting to dictate its economic future. Alaska has a track record of responsible oil and gas development that spans decades. Development in ANWR would lead to the creation of, more federal revenues and more domestic energy being produced. Unfortunately, some members of Congress are more interested in waging a policy fight based on outdated beliefs that fly in the face of reality."

Millett is the Co-Chair of the Alaska House Special Committee on Energy.

Since 1980 the 1.56 million acres of the ANWR coastal plain has been explicitly designated for oil and gas exploration. The bill by senators Cantwell and Kirk, S. 1695, would change that designation to Wilderness permanently. The ANWR coastal plain is the nation’s largest potential oil discovery, with a mean estimate of 10.4 billion barrels of oil according to the U.S. Geologic Survey.

According to numerous polls conducted throughout the years, Alaskans are consistently and overwhelmingly in favor of development in ANWR.

SOURCE: Office of Alaska State House Representative Charisse Millett

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