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For Immediate Release: August 17, 2020

Sen. Giessel: ANWR Decision a Positive Step for Alaska’s Future

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ANCHORAGE – Senate President Cathy Giessel, R-Anchorage, today released the following statement in response to the U.S. Department of the Interior’s decision approving an oil and gas leasing program in a small section of the Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR).

“Alaska’s opportunity to continue to support ourselves is represented in this Record of Decision.  The resource in this small section of the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge has been known for half a century, and the area is set aside for hydrocarbon development. It has now, after careful consideration, been determined to be safe to explore and develop. Some will worry, just as they did over the development of Prudhoe Bay, but Alaska has proven that we can safely do this work. 

“This, along with the Bureau of Land Management’s go-ahead for ConocoPhillips development at Willow in the National Petroleum Reserve Alaska, foretells a positive future for Alaska families, businesses and jobs.”

For more information, contact Senate Majority Communications Director Daniel McDonald at (907) 465-4066.

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