Alaska State Senate Passes Resolution Supporting Development in ANWR

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The Alaska Senate passed a resolution Monday in support of development in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge, commonly referred to as ANWR.
The resolution was sponsored by Senator Chris Birch of Anchorage, and requests that the Bureau of Land Management implement an oil and gas leasing program in the coastal plain of ANWR.
In a press release from the Alaska Senate Majority, Senator Birch stated, "this resolution will serve as the 31st Legislature's official comment on the Interior Department's Draft EIS, which is the first step in a long regulatory process toward an oil and gas leasing program for the ANWR coastal plain."
The resolution passed the Senate by a vote of 16-2 and will now go to the Alaska State House for consideration.