WASHINGTON, D.C. – Alaskan Congressman Don Young released the following statement today regarding Alaska Governor Sean Parnell’s proposed plan for assessing oil and gas potential in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR):
“Opening ANWR for the benefit of Alaskans and Americans is long overdue, and I want to thank Governor Parnell for his continued leadership on this issue. During my time in Congress, opening up ANWR for responsible development has been a long standing goal of mine, and still is,” said Rep. Young. “Today’s announcement is yet another chance for the Obama Administration to commit to develop oil and gas on federal land. I hope that Secretary Jewell takes this good faith effort by the State of Alaska into full consideration as the Department of Interior updates its ANWR Comprehensive Conservation Plan. I will continue to work with my colleagues in Congress, the Administration and all interested parties toward responsibly developing Alaska’s natural resources that have been locked up from responsible development for far too long.”
Congressman Young has successfully passed ANWR legislation out of the U.S. House of Representatives 12 times, as recently as 2012, but it failed to be taken up by the Democrat controlled Senate.