U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski released Wednesday legislation that would open part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling. Murkowski’s part of the bill would lift the ban on drilling in the so-called 1002 area, along the coastal plain of the refore. It would split revenues 50-50 between the state and the federal government.
Eleven Alaskans testified before the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Thursday — for and against drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. While senators said they wanted to listen to the people of the Arctic, many seemed to hear selectively.
The U.S. House has passed the Senate’s budget resolution, and with it the seeds of legislation that could open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling. The resolution itself has no force of law but it tells committees in the House and Senate to draw up a bill that includes tax cuts.