Arctic Energy Center Responds to Disappointing Offshore Leasing Program Announcement
A major disappointment
Arctic Energy Center
Washington DC, November 18: Earlier this afternoon the Department of Interior announced its 2017 – 2022 OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program. Having included two Arctic leases sales in its draft plan in March, the Department today revealed that it was cutting both of the Arctic leases from the final schedule, which will now go to Congress for review.
Having stressed the Arctic’s role in the Administration’s ‘All of the Above Energy’ policy and reiterated the importance of local views during the consultation process as recently as last month, Interior’s decision comes as a major disappointment.
In response, Lucas Frances, a spokesperson for the Arctic Energy Center issued the following statement:
“Today’s announcement is a body blow for the Native communities, businesses, elected officials, military experts and other Alaskans who repeatedly have pleaded with the White House to allow offshore energy development in the Arctic. Having been told that local views would take priority, they have now seen that the exact opposite is true and their wishes have been ignored in the name of legacy building.
“As a result of this decision, people across Alaska will be looking to the Trump Administration to quickly tear up the lease plan and implement an entirely new schedule, which includes the Arctic and helps secure the state’s future.”