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WASHINGTON — Numerous Alaskans testified Thursday before a U.S. Senate committee run by Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski about what it would mean to open the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling.
For the rapidly warming Arctic, where people may be anxious about climate change, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson last week had some soothing words.
The Arctic Council, the eight-nation group that the United States chaired until May 11, "has proven to be an indispensable forum in which we can pursue cooperation," Tillerson said in remarks at the organization's ministerial meeting in Fairbanks just over a week ago. "I want to affirm that the United States will continue to be an active member in this council. The opportunity to chair the council has only strengthened our commitment to continuing its work in the future."
The Alaska Department of Fish & Wildlife is interested in how you use the Kachemak Bay and Fox River Flats CHAs and their resources, and your ideas on how to manage activities and public uses in the CHAs. No revisions to the plan have been made yet. Scoping is the public opportunity to let agency planners know what they think should be considered or discarded when revisions are made.
Public scoping for the Kachemak Bay & Fox River Flats CHAs Management Plan Revision is open from September 26, 2016 to November 4, 2016.
Parnell said the two gas lines should be pursued for the same reason that the proposed Susitna-Watana dam should remain in the mix for Alaska’s energy future -- it’s not clear yet which one is the best bet.
The list of mega-projects should not be trimmed "until we have something in hand for Alaskans," Parnell said.
“Yes, everything has to be on the table, yes you have to prioritize spending,” he said in a recent Anchorage Chamber of Commerce debate.
“But until that point where we have to make a significant, a really significant financial decision, we should not be choosing whether cheaper energy comes to Alaskans from Susitna-Watana or from a gas line,” he said. “We need to push forward both projects until we get certainty on one,” he said.