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Local Alaskan Witnesses Highlight Job Creation, Deficit Reduction, and Economic Growth from ANWR Energy Production

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, during a Full Committee oversight hearing on “ANWR: Jobs, Energy and Deficit Reduction,” Members of the Committee will hear testimony from a number of local Alaskans who would be directly impacted by increased American energy production, job creation and economic growth with the opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR).  Below are excerpts from their testimony as they describe the benefits of opening ANWR to local communities, tribes, businesses, Alaska and the nation.

Fenton Okomailak Rexford, Tribal Administrator for the Native Village of Katovik:

· “We would not favor development of the Coastal Plain unless we were confident that development can occur without jeopardizing our way of life.”

· “Responsible development of ANWR is a matter of self-determination for my people.”

· “Responsible ANWR development means my people will continue to access to running water and flush toilets throughout the region...”

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