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Legislators, Native Corporations Celebrate Opening of ANWR's 1002 Area


Alaska's Congressional Delegation comments on the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which included legislation to open Area 1002 of ANWR. From left: President Donald Trump, Rep. Don Young, Senator Lisa Murkowski, and Senator Dan Sullivan.

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Alaska's Congressional Delegation:

AT LAST: Congress Approves Legislation to Open Alaska’s 1002 Area 

After 37 Years, Responsible Development Is Closer Than Ever

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, and Rep. Don Young, all R-Alaska, today released the following statements after the House and Senate passed H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, securing a major victory for Alaskans and all Americans. In addition to reforming the tax code, the bill opens the non-wilderness 1002 Area in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to responsible energy development.
“This is a watershed moment for Alaska and all of America,” Murkowski said. “We have fought to open the 1002 Area for a very long time, and now, our day has finally arrived. I thank all who kept this effort alive over the decades, especially Ted Stevens and Frank Murkowski, and all who supported this bill. Alaskans can now look forward to our best opportunity to refill the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System, thousands of jobs that will pay better wages, and potentially $60 billion in royalties for our state alone. This is a major victory for Alaska that will help us fulfill the promises of our statehood and give us renewed hope for growth and prosperity.” 
“For decades, Alaskans have fought for the right and opportunity – against an unwilling federal government – to allow Alaska to develop the 1002 Area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge so that we can strengthen our communities and build a better life for our children,” Sullivan said. “But for decades, we’ve been denied that right. Today that has changed. I want to thank all of the hundreds – if not thousands of Alaskans – who have spent countless hours over the years to get this done. I want to thank Senator Murkowski and Congressman Young for all of their hard work over the years on this issue. I also want to thank the late Senator Ted Stevens and his family, who spent much of his life on this just cause. Twelve years ago, his last attempt to open the 1002 Area of the coastal plain was blocked. Senator Stevens said that it was the ‘saddest day of his life.’ Today, no doubt, he’s looking down on us, with a smile on his face.”  
“This is a historic moment for Alaskans and I am incredibly proud of the work this delegation has done over the years to open the 1002 Area of ANWR,” Young said. “Congress specifically set aside this land to be used for responsible resource development and it was always intended to unleash America’s potential energy production. Opening this area will create more jobs for Alaskans, generate future revenue for this country to pay down the deficit and keep energy affordable for American families and businesses. I am especially proud to see this measure pass today because I have fought to open the 1002 area for the past 40 years and today marks an important step in this process.” 
For 37 years, the members of Alaska’s congressional delegation have championed legislation to open a small portion of the 1002 Area, within the non-wilderness portion of ANWR, to responsible energy development. That effort culminated today with congressional passage of H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which President Trump is expected to sign in the days ahead.
Murkowski, chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, is the author of the bill’s second title, which establishes an environmentally responsible oil and gas program in the non-wilderness 1002 Area of ANWR. At least two lease sales, featuring the most prospective acreage in the 1002 Area, will be held within the next decade.
In 1980, Congress set aside the 1.57-million acre 1002 Area for potential future development, which is supported by a strong majority of Alaskans. Surface development will be limited to 2,000 federal acres—just one ten-thousandth of all of ANWR—and will bring an estimated 10.4 billion barrels of oil to market, strengthening our nation’s energy security long into the future.



Arctic Slope Regional Corporation Applauds Passage of GOP Tax Reform Bill

Landmark legislation includes provision to open the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to responsible oil and gas development

ASRC is pleased with the recent passage of H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which includes language to open the non-wilderness section of ANWR’s Coastal Plain to natural resource development. ASRC, the State of Alaska, Alaska’s Congressional Delegation and other supporters have been pushing to open the Alaska 1002 Area for nearly 40 years.
“This is a very important milestone for ASRC as well as our region”, said Rex A. Rock Sr., ASRC president and CEO. “Unlocking the energy potential of a small portion of ANWR’s Coastal Plain means economic growth for Kaktovik, an economic revitalization for our North Slope communities as well as the rest of the state. A safe and robust oil and gas industry has allowed for dramatic improvements to the quality of life in our villages – from community schools, to road construction, to more dependable power.”
Crawford Patkotak, ASRC board chairman, added, “This has been a long battle, and we’d like to thank Senator Lisa Murkowski, Senator Dan Sullivan, Congressman Don Young and their
amazing staff for the tremendous effort and diligence in finally getting this bill to the president’s desk. Like the majority of Alaskans, I look forward to seeing the energy potential of the 1002 Area realized.”
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the non-wilderness area of ANWR’s Coastal Plain is believed to hold a mean estimate of 10.4 billion barrels of recoverable oil. This area was specifically set aside by Congress as a study area because of its potential to hold significant amounts of recoverable oil and gas.
After receiving President Trump’s signature, the opening of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to oil and gas exploration is now a reality for Alaska. A long-term priority of the Alaska Chamber, energy development in ANWR will make our economy stronger, provide jobs, and encourage new investment.

Alaska House Republicans:

House Republicans Celebrate Opening ANWR

Passage of federal budget marks historic day for Alaska

Wednesday, December 20, 201, Anchorage, Alaska - Alaska is open for business like never before thanks to a small portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge being unlocked to provide huge opportunity for resource developers. The congressional budget just passed in our nation’s Capital, provides access to coveted land within the 1002 Area of ANWR.
“This is an historic moment. This milestone has been a long time coming, and I join Alaskans in celebrating and thanking our dedicated Congressional delegation for getting us here,” said Rep. Charisse Millett (R-Anchorage). “Now comes the work of continuing to build strong partnerships with our oil and gas industry to see our resources responsibly extracted, and to see this long-held dream become a reality.”
Opening approximately 2,000 square acres of the 19 million-acre ANWR allows oil and gas companies to access an estimated 10 billion barrels of oil. Undoubtedly this will produce high paying jobs and strengthen our economy.
“Developing possibly one of the largest oil reserves in the U.S. will stimulate the economy and provide energy security for all of America. I invite our congressional delegation to Alaska to sign this bill into law,” said Representative Mike Chenault (R-Nikiski).  
Access to ANWR places Alaska in the global market at a time when we need it most. House Republicans celebrate this day.

Alaska Chamber:

After receiving President Trump’s signature, the opening of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to oil and gas exploration is now a reality for Alaska. A long-term priority of the Alaska Chamber, energy development in ANWR will make our economy stronger, provide jobs, and encourage new investment.
“With passage of this tax bill, with passage finally almost 40 years later to allow us to open up the 1002 Area this is a bright day for Alaska, this is a bright day for America,” said Senator Lisa Murkowski.
“Mr. President sir you released your national security strategy just a couple days ago and in there you talk about the economy, which is what this tax bill is all about, but you also talk about energy dominance,” said Senator Dan Sullivan. “I want to thank you, I want to thank you on behalf of all Alaskans and the American people because it’s the right policy, and we’re finally, finally doing it.” 
“This is 37 years I tried to get this passed,” said Congressman Don Young. “I want to thank you, Mr. President and my two senators. This is a team that can’t be beat. We’ll do what’s right for Alaska. This bill does what’s right for this nation.”
The Chamber thanks, Senator Lisa Murkowski, Senator Dan Sullivan, and Congressman Don Young for their strong leadership on this long-held dream.
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