Alaska senator just announced a bill to drill for oil and gas in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Saturday, 11 November 2017, 11:16:19 PM. The senator called drilling in the Arctic a 'tremendous opportunity.'
Share Tech & Science Alaska Alaska National Wildlife Refuge drilling Energy Alaskan Senator Lisa Murkowski wants to start drilling for oil and gas in a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.   The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, which Murkowski chairs, announced legislation to drill in the Arctic refuge on Wednesday, calling it a “tremendous opportunity for both Alaska and our country” in a statement. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Ark.) speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill after the Senate approves $15.25 billion in aid for areas affected by Hurricane Harvey, on September 7. Reuters Keep up with this story and more by subscribing now “The legislation I released tonight will put us on a path toward greater prosperity by creating jobs, keeping energy affordable for families and businesses, generating new wealth and strengthening our security—while reducing the federal deficit not just by $1 billion over ten years, but tens of even hundreds of billions of dollars over the decades to come,” said Murkowski. The refuge, which spans 19.64 million acres of land and water, has long been on the radar for energy. It was established in 1960, and by 1980, per the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, the 1002 area, the coastal plain where Murkowski wants to drill, was designated as “non-wilderness” because of its oil and gas potential. The entire refuge is home to 42 fish species, 37 land mammals, eight marine mammals and more than 200 bird...Read more
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