Alaskan Congressman Don Young released the following statement today regarding the Department of Interior's Record of Decision (ROD) for the National Petroleum Reserve (NPR-A):
"Today's decision by the Department of Interior is yet another game of smoke and mirrors. While the Department of Interior makes a point to allow for pipeline construction through the NPR-A, the potential routes do not appear realistic," Rep. Young said. "As producers begin to develop offshore in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas, and in the NPR-A, they must have an economically feasible route to connect with the Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline."
"The Department of Interior has once again caved to environmental special interest groups, and unfortunately today's finalized plan will do nothing but further restrict potential oil and gas development in a petroleum reserve established to ensure America's energy security."