GOP Unveils Plan To Open ANWR To Drilling

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Senate Republicans unveiled legislation Wednesday night to open up part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to oil and gas drilling.

“This legislation is a tremendous opportunity for both Alaska and our country,” said Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who chairs the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

Murkowski’s committee crafted legislation to open ANWR’s “1002 area” to oil and natural gas drilling as part of the budget reconciliation process. Murkowski says opening ANWR’s coastal plain to drilling would raise $1.1 billion over 10 years.

Alaska politicians support the legislation, but even with GOP control of the Senate, it’s likely going to be an uphill battle. …

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