NEWS: Freshman Lawmaker Supports Opening ANWR to Oil and Gas Development

Rep. Dean Westlake

Juneau – As his first legislative action since assuming office, Representative Dean Westlake (D-Kotzebue) today introduced House Joint Resolution 5 urging the United States Congress to pass legislation to open the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas development. HJR 5 further urges the United States Department of the Interior to recognize the private property rights of owners of land in and adjacent to ANWR relating to oil and gas exploration, development, production, and royalties; and relating to renewable and alternative energy technologies.

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