Governor Dunleavy responds to BLM decision to block ANWR development – Mike Dunleavy
August 3, 2021 (Anchorage, AK) – Governor Mike Dunleavy reacted strongly today to the Federal Bureau of Land Management’s plan to conduct an additional Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the leasing of oil and gas in Arctic National Wildlife Area 1002 Refuge. An EIA was already completed in September 2019 and it determined that oil and gas development could take place without harming the refuge. The announcement follows the Biden administration’s decision earlier this year to suspend previously sold oil exploration leases.
“This announcement is yet another example of the Biden administration’s attempt to shut down Alaska’s primary industry to appease radical environmental groups bent on turning our state into a great national park,” he added. Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy said. “An additional EIA only serves to reverse the results of the environmental study which has already been completed and which found oil and gas development in ANWR Area 1002, an area reserved for oil exploration and gas, can take place without harming the environment. Alaska is America’s energy storehouse and we can develop ANWR’s resources while protecting the refuge, for no one is more protective of our lands and waters than the Alaskans.