Interior Secretary Zinke Pledges Increased Consultation with North Slope Community, Tribal and Business Leaders

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 31, 2017

Juneau – Alaska House of Representatives Resources Committee co-Chair Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage) released the following statement in response to today’s announcement regarding possible increased oil and gas exploration on Alaska’s North Slope. U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke signed an order calling for an updated resource assessment for the 1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) and a revised Integrated Activity Plan for the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A)

“Alaska’s North Slope is one of the most productive oil basins on earth, but there is still immense untapped potential in the largely unexplored NPRA and 1002 area of ANWR. Though still years from production under the most optimistic scenario, I hope today’s order will improve the partnership between the state and the federal government to increase responsible resource development in Alaska,” said Rep. Tarr. “That these areas are on Federal land, and as such would return substantially less money to the State of Alaska if and when they go into production, should serve as a reminder of the need to reform our regime of taxes and credits to ensure that the State receives maximum benefit from the extraction of our resources.”

In signing today’s order, Secretary Zinke committed the Interior Department to consult with the State of Alaska and North Slope community, business, and tribal leaders in reviewing and revising plans for the NPR-A and ANWR.

For more information, please contact Alaska House Majority Coalition Press Secretary Mike Mason at (907) 444-0889.

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