Top elected officials for Alaska slammed President Joe Biden’s decision to freeze oil development in an Arctic oil preserve.
The Biden administration suspended oil and gas leases in the 1002 Area, a federally-designated oil preserve, of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) on Tuesday, reversing a Trump administration achievement in opening up the area after decades of lobbying by Alaska officials.
Republican Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy joined Alaska’s congressional delegation in slamming the Biden administration decision.
“The Biden administration’s actions are not unexpected but are outrageous nonetheless,” Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) said. “Suspending leases in Alaska’s 1002 Area is in direct conflict with the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, through which Congress mandates an oil and gas leasing program be established on the non-wilderness Coastal Plain, and ordered at least two lease sales by 2024.”
Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK) added: “DOI’s announcement suspending leases in the 1002 Area goes against the law, facts, the science, and the will of the Native communities