JUNEAU – Today, Senator Josh Revak, R-Anchorage, chairman of the Senate Resources Committee released the following statement after the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals halted winter work at the Willow project on the North Slope.
“Today’s order by the 9th Circuit Court is a body blow to Alaskans already struggling to stay afloat in an economy ravaged by a once-in-a-century pandemic, low oil prices, and budget constraints. In the Willow project lies the hope of hundreds of millions of barrels of oil in the pipeline and thousands of good-paying jobs for decades – all developed using the strictest environmental standards on the planet. The primary beneficiaries of today’s ruling – spearheaded by the misguided crusade of Outside special interest groups – will be other petroleum regimes, many of whom are adversaries of the United States and do not adhere to the same high standards. Now, more than ever, it’s vital that we stand up for our statehood right to develop our natural resources for the benefit of all Alaskans and Americans. I remain hopeful that, in the end, the law and common sense will prevail.”
Alaska Senate Majority