Governor Rolls Out ANWR Exploration Proposal
May 20, 2013, Anchorage, Alaska – Governor Sean Parnell today announced an exploration proposal for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) 1002 Area, which the state has developed and is offering to help finance.
“Accurately defining the oil and gas resource potential is a critical part of understanding the value of the 1002 Area to the nation,” Governor Parnell said. “The federal government has the responsibility to do this under federal law, but is clearly reluctant to do so. Therefore, we are stepping forward with our expertise and financing to provide a detailed resource evaluation and exploration proposal.”
Governor Parnell outlined the proposal in a letter sent to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, and he and Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Dan Sullivan rolled out the 187-page document during a press event at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Also speaking at the Monday event in support of the proposal were Charlotte Brower, mayor of the North Slope Borough, and Rex Rock, president and chief executive of the Arctic Slope Regional Corp., a regional Alaska Native corporation based in Barrow.
In his letter to Secretary Jewell, Governor Parnell offered to request up to $50 million from the Alaska Legislature to support the seismic program contained in the proposal. Such a budget request will be contingent on the federal government indicating its interest in partnering with the State of Alaska on the seismic program.
The proposal, called the “Oil & Gas Resource Evaluation & Exploration Proposal for the ANWR 1002 Area,” was produced by the Alaska Division of Oil & Gas, and it is being shared with Alaska stakeholders, the U.S. Department of the Interior and members of Congress this week.
The report details a seven-year seismic and exploration program to provide a much more definitive assessment of the magnitude of the oil and gas resources within the 1002 Area – thought to be one of the most prolific regions for undiscovered oil in America. This assessment will provide Congress and the federal government a much clearer understanding of the best way to manage this small portion of ANWR for the benefit of all Americans.
“We hope that the Department of the Interior and Congress will partner with the state in adopting and implementing this exploration proposal,” Governor Parnell said.
“This is a reasonable proposal based on Alaska’s high standards for responsible resource development and environmental protection,” Sullivan said. “Implementation of this proposal will have negligible impacts on the environment and should be acceptable to a wide range of stakeholders.”
Governor Parnell’s letter to Secretary Jewell and the report are available at: