JUNEAU – Members of the Alaska Senate Majority today issued the following statements after a federal judge voided development permits for the Willow oil project on the North Slope.
“This is yet another blow by an Obama-appointee to our state’s economy,” said Senator Josh Revak, R-Anchorage, chairman of the Senate Resources Committee. “Alaska resource development pays the bills for public safety, education, and the health and well-being of all Alaskans. This ruling is heartbreaking for the hard-working men and women in the industry and should be deeply concerning to every Alaskan. With the strictest environmental standards on the planet, Alaska should be encouraged to develop – not cut off at the knees by never-ending, frivolous lawsuits.”
“Today’s obviously disappointing ruling is a major setback for Alaska’s economy and America’s national security,” said Senate President Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna. “In the Willow project lies the hope of 160,000 barrels of oil per day in the pipeline, revenue for education, public safety and other services Alaskans rely on, thousands of good-paying jobs for Alaska families, and access to lower fuel prices for American consumers. As a world-leader in environmentally responsible resource development, Alaska should not be held hostage by a small group of litigious environmental activists. I encourage an appeal of this decision to a higher court capable of a broader, more balanced view.”
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