While it appears that there is little that Alaska’s top lawmakers can do, Gov. Mike Dunleavy and the entire DC delegation today released statements condemning the Bureau of Land Management’s intent. to shut down millions of acres of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, which was in the past available for resource development.
“This additional stay request and the information that accompanies it make it clear that the federal government intends another unwarranted blow to Alaska and the nation,” Gov. Mike Dunleavy said. “What they are proposing would further harm the Alaskan oil industry and disproportionately affect the natives of Alaska. The US Department of the Interior proposes to lock down Alaska, remove local opportunities, resources and other benefits for which the national oil reserve is intended. It’s another sign that the federal government is turning its back on Alaska and hampering domestic energy production. The US Department of the Interior puts the nation in a situation where we have to rely on foreign oil countries at some point for rising prices and concerns for American consumers. “
The Biden administration announced on Monday that it was choosing Alternative A – the “no-action alternative” of the NPR-A’s 2020 integrated business plan, as its preferred alternative.
This would close about half of the area of the reserve to energy rental and bring the management of the NPR-A back to the policies established in 2013 under the Obama administration.
The current administration has shown that it regularly tries to shut down home power generation in Alaska and other parts of the United States, Dunleavy said in a statement.
Ad ignores concerns and comments from local Alaska natives who rely on NPR-A for jobs and much needed funding for infrastructure projects and community needs through the Impact Mitigation Grant Fund, which is funded exclusively through royalties and revenues generated from oil and gas development in NPR-A .
Groups affected by the move, Arctic Slope Regional Corporation, the Arctic Slope Iñupiat community and the North Slope Borough, have raised concerns over yesterday’s decision by the Biden administration, which claims the primary policy objective Biden’s public policy is to advance racial equity and support underserved communities, but contradicts those values with this decision. If the Biden administration goes all the way, about half of the reserve’s acreage, roughly the size of Indiana, leases energy.
U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan and Congressman Don Young, all from R-Alaska, made the following statements:
“With no analysis or consultation with the Alaskans, the Biden administration has decided to reverse the current management plan of the NPR-A to revert to an outdated policy that is worse for our state’s economy, worse for energy security of our nation, and against federal law, “said Senator Murkowski.” BLM argues for the need for a greater ‘balance’ in the management of this area, but fails to realize that balance will be what will be lost by this movement. It is an oil reserve, specifically designated for energy development, located in a state that already has tens of millions of acres of parks, shelters and federal wilderness areas. The current management plan has been carefully developed to protect the most sensitive areas of the reserve and includes many guarantees for responsible development Radical restrictions like this – which are imposed even while the administration. n Biden implores OPEC + to produce more oil – show all that is wrong with his energy policies. “
“Here they are again. Yesterday was 20 executive actions of the Biden administration targeting economic opportunities and the future of our state, today is 21. No state in the country has been singled out like Alaska with such a war. destructive against our working families, which particularly hits our native Alaskan communities. hard, ”said Senator Sullivan. “Going back to the 2013 version of the Obama administration, which removes about fifty percent of the NPRA from oil and gas development, will hurt Alaska’s economic future, our nation’s security, and likely violate federal law.” . Reverting to the 2013 management plan is not only arbitrary and contrary to good science, it will be detrimental to the very people and issues that the Biden administration claims to care about most – Indigenous communities and racial and environmental equity. . Instead, Biden’s White House takes its orders from extreme radical environmental groups that don’t care about Alaskans. I will continue to wage this war on Alaskan workers and the economy with all I have.
“For years, NPR-A has been essential in providing affordable energy to families across our country. This move by the Biden administration is not only insulting to the hardworking men and women on the North Slope, but also extremely stupid. Gas prices across the country are skyrocketing; why then would President Biden and the BLM want to bring our domestic production to its knees, thereby emboldening our oil-producing opponents abroad? This move is yet another insult in a series of anti-Alaska actions taken by this administration. Returning to the 2013 IAP, BLM is attempting to shut down nearly 50% of NPR-A, or over 11 million acres. To put that in perspective, the president’s home state of Delaware could fit into this part of NPR-A about seven times. No state should be subjected to such a onerous decision, and Alaska certainly not. Our state has proven that energy conservation and energy development can go hand in hand. Despite this, the administration continues to work to stifle US energy production and economic opportunities in Alaska, ”Congressman Young said. “This reversion, defended by bureaucrats thousands of miles from the NPR-A, is totally wrong. I condemn him and call on President Biden to end his administration’s attacks on the Alaskan economy and way of life.
BLM administers the NPR-A under the Naval Petroleum Reserves Production Act and other federal laws. The US Geological Survey estimates that the 23 million acre region on the Northwest Slope – roughly the size of the state of Indiana – contains 8.7 billion barrels of undiscovered and technically recoverable oil.