Following today’s Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee meeting on ANWR, Rex A Rock Senior, President & CEO of the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation commented:
“Today is another important milestone in Alaskan’s fight to open up ANWR to responsible energy development and I commend Chairwoman Murkowski, Senator Sullivan and Congressman Young for their efforts in advancing legislation.
“The 1002 area was specifically set-aside for exploration by Congress. Despite being only 2,000 acres in size, it remains the largest conventional onshore project in North America, and has huge economic significance, not just for the state of Alaska, but for our nation as a whole.
“A clear majority of the people of the North Slope support responsible development in ANWR; they should have the same rights to economic self-determination as people in the rest of the United States. I call on Congress to recognize that Native Alaskans are the best stewards of our lands and open up 1002.”