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Young: Shell Decision Result of Administration’s Narrow-Minded Approach to Responsible Resource Development

Washington, D.C., September 28, 2015

Washington, D.C.Alaska Congressman Don Young today shared the following thoughts in response to Royal Dutch Shell’s decision to cease exploration off the coast of Alaska:

“I’m sure somewhere Sally Jewell and President Obama are smiling and celebrating Shell’s decision to cease operations off the coast of Alaska.  For Alaskans, this announcement is a major blow to our local communities, the future of Alaska’s economy, and the Trans Alaska Pipeline.

“Make no mistake, this decision is the result of the Administration’s narrow-minded approach to responsible resource development – putting large areas off limits, while building insurmountable new hurdles to use areas that have been leased.  This regulatory uncertainty, damaging to the many Alaskans who depend upon responsible development, plays a significant role in Shell’s departure.

“It’s a sad and frustrating day for Alaska, but I commend Shell on their efforts. It’s a tremendous amount of time and resources to spend on a project when the Administration has stacked the deck against you.”

 

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