In December of 2017, U.S. Congress and President Donald Trump approved a federal budget that calls for oil and gas lease sales in the coastal plain. The provision to open ANWR was written in Senator Murkowski. Estimates by the Department of Interior to Congress indicated that as much as $2.2 billion could be earned from the sales of oil and gas leases there. A final estimate cannot be complete without seismic exploration. In a press release the delegation wrote. “We believe the Final EIS should maximize acreage available for leasing to fully comply with congressional intent and ensure the greatest possible return to the U.S. Treasury.” The delegation further urged the Department of the Interior (DOI) to prioritize subsistence access for the residents of Kaktovik, a village located within the 1002 Area. “We also encourage you to continue your significant efforts to engage the local people – state leaders, the people of the North Slope, and particularly the residents of the village of Kaktovik, the only inhabitants of the Coastal Plain. Their voices and input are critical for this process, and we are thankful DOI has worked hard to meet with and hear from Alaskans in their communities.” “The 2,000-acre designation provides for reasonable access for the oil and gas program while ensuring that no more than 0.01 percent of the total acreage of ANWR will be developed.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Last updated on April 2nd, 2019 at 05:17 pmAlaska’s Congressional Delegation all issued statements throwing their support behind the oil and gas leasing program for the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is currently moving forward with the development of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the program. U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, and Representative Don Young, sent a letter to Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Land and Minerals Management, Joe Balash, to express their continued support.