House Passes Resolution On Proposed Plan For Offshore Lease Sales

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska House of Representatives passed House Resolution 6, weighing in on the 2019-2024 National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Draft Proposed Program. Speaker Edgmon: “I am grateful that the House was able to move quickly and show overwhelming support for both economic development and respect for all stakeholders in that development. I appreciate the Administration giving us the opportunity to speak to this issue, and hope they heed the combined voices of our Federal delegation, Governor, and State House.” Originally introduced by the House Rules committee, Speaker of the House Bryce Edgmon (D-Dillingham) was added as the resolution’s primary sponsor on the House floor at the request of Minority Mike Chenault (R-Nikiski) so that other members could add their names as co-sponsors. HR 6 was amended on the floor on Wednesday, February 21, by Representative John Lincoln (D-Kotzebue) to further request that the existing deferrals in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas be continued in future lease sales. House Resolution 6 passed by a vote of 33-5. The resolution was presented to U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) after she her annual address to the Legislature yesterday, at 11 a.m.center_img The current draft program calls for lease sales in 14 of the 15 planning areas in Alaska (there are a total of 26 planning areas across the country). Story as aired: Rep. Lincoln: “My district is home to the world’s most productive zinc mine, and one of the world’s preeminent oil fields, but we also rely on subsistence and have preserved our way of life by keeping it in the forefront of our minds whenever we pursue economic development. My amendment simply asks that we keep intact decades of work between industry and local communities identifying and protecting a crucial migratory corridor for Bowhead whales and two modest subsistence hunting areas adjacent to the whaling communities of Kaktovik and Utqiaġvik.”last_img

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