Murkowski speaks out against emergency road opposition

WASHINGTON, DC -- Senator Lisa Murkowski spoke on the Senate floor about the Department of Interior's decision to oppose emergency road access through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge on Alaska's Aleutian Peninsula.

The law orders a land exchange and construction of a road to the all–weather airport in Cold Bay for emergency evacuation purposes. The lack of road service has contributed to several preventable deaths within the last 30 years.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued a final environmental impact statement opposing the land exchange and emergency road.

"The lives of these people are not being respected," said Murkowski. "And if this is the attitude of this Department of the Interior, that we are going to respect the animals, and we are going to respect the birds, but we are not going to respect the people who live there, this is the wrong way to be going."