Senate Majority Applauds Senator Murkowski’s ANWR Bill
State would receive a 90-10 royalty split with the federal government
JUNEAU – The Alaska Senate Majority voiced its support today of U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski’s (R-Alaska) legislation to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) coastal plain for oil and gas development.
“I’m very supportive of Senator Murkowski’s efforts to continue the national dialogue on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge,” said Senator John Coghill (R-North Pole). “If at all possible, the President should be forced to make a decision on the legislation. Anything that can be done to fight back against an overtly hostile national executive branch is welcomed.”
S. 494 would give Alaska a 90-10 royalty as promised at statehood, instead of the 50-50 royalty introduced in legislation in previous years.
“It’s a shame we have to pass a law to get the federal government to do what they’re supposed to in the first place,” said Senator Pete Kelly (R-Fairbanks).
President Obama’s proposal to lock-up an additional 5 million acres in ANWR will mean the area will effectively be managed as wilderness until Congress acts.
“This is a move in the right direction to restore the proper balance between agreements and understandings dating back to the beginning of statehood,” said Senator Mike Dunleavy (R-Mat-Su Valley). “All Alaska wants is for the federal government to live up to its promises and agreements.”
Included in the legislation are environmental protections for fish and wildlife habitat and subsistence resources.
“Why wouldn’t you want to develop resources in Alaska where environmental standards are the highest?” said Senate President Kevin Meyer (R-Anchorage). “Instead, this administration is running the oil companies out of America to places like China, Russia, or the Middle East, where environmental standards are much lower.”