Alaska Announces Plan to Assess Oil & Gas at Refuge
Alaska is proposing a plan aimed at determining the true oil and gas potential in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Alaska Gov. reportedly proposed a multiyear, multimillion-dollar plan aimed at determining the true oil and gas potential in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
They hope the plan will reinvigorate — and reshape — the debate over whether to drill on the refuge’s coastal plain.
The plan was announced at an event hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for 21st Century Energy in Washington, D.C., by Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell and Natural Resources Commissioner Dan Sullivan. Parnell appeared by remote.
Parnell, in a letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, said he is prepared to ask the state Legislature for $50 million toward funding the seismic program if the federal government is in as a partner. He also sees the private sector playing a role as well.
“For 26 years, Americans have engaged in a debate about the wildlife and oil and gas resources on and underneath the 1002 Area. Unfortunately, ANWR’s oil and gas resources have been estimated using archaic 2D seismic data,” he said in the letter, dated Saturday. The 1002 area refers to the coastal plain.
“State of Alaska land managers have found that 3D seismic data is an indispensable tool to managing our lands,” he said. “We believe that it would be very valuable for your land managers to have this data to inform their planning efforts for the 1002 Area.”