WASHINGTON, D.C. – Alaskan Congressman Don Young released the following statement today regarding Alaska Governor Sean Parnell’s latest step in assessing the potential oil and gas resources in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR):
“I commend Governor Parnell for his continued and aggressive efforts to move forward in responsibly developing ANWR. Today’s exploration plan by the State of Alaska to conduct 3-D seismic in ANWR’s 1002 area will provide an up to date, 21st Century assessment, of the resources found beneath the coastal plain," Rep. Young said. "Regardless of one’s stance on opening ANWR, Alaskans and Americans deserve to know what they own. A good, responsible land manager should share this curiosity, and I look forward to Secretary of Interior Jewell’s response to this reasonable request.”
Congressman Young has successfully passed legislation to open ANWR to development out of the U.S. House of Representatives 12 times, as recently as 2012, but it failed when considered in the Democrat controlled Senate.