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Democratic U.S. Senate Candidate Scott McAdams Asks for Fairness From The Interior Department

Says Politics is Clearly at Play in Decision Leaving Out Alaska

In response to a decision from the U.S. Department of Interior to selectively lift the moratorium on off-shore drilling, U.S. Senate candidate Scott McAdams issued the following statement:

“I am disappointed the Interior Department lifted the moratorium on offshore oil and gas development in the Gulf of Mexico while doing nothing to move forward on development in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas,” said McAdams. “Alaska workers and our economy remain in limbo with this decision.”

“Developing Alaska’s oil and gas resources is the responsible choice in a global marketplace,” stated McAdams. “Alaskans have proved our ability to responsibly develop our resources and the scrutiny our projects undergo here is unrivaled in the U.S. There is no reason other than politics the Gulf would be opened to development and not Alaska’s Arctic waters.”

McAdams admonished the Administration and Congress to stop their “foot-dragging” on Alaska development. “It’s time to put the resources and safeguards in place to move ahead, including use of acoustic triggers, Coast Guard basing in the Arctic and building local response capacity,” said McAdams. “We also need to finally give Alaska its fair share of offshore revenues just like the deal Louisiana got."

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