Press Releases

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12.21.11

Sen. Murkowski: Reliability Concerns Warrant Careful Review of Utility MACT Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today commented on the Environmental Protection Agency's release of the final National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants from Coal- and Oil-Fired Electric Utility Steam Generating Units, or Utility MACT. Murkowski has expressed concern with the rule due to its potentially significant implications for electric grid reliability. Murkowski has urged a greater role for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and expert or… Continue Reading


12.21.11

Bipartisan Group of Senators Concerned About EPA’s Overly Broad Diesel Fuel Definition

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Ranking members of the Senate Committees on Energy and Natural Resources and Environment and Public Works Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and James M. Inhofe (R-Oklahoma), today joined Sens. John Hoeven (R-North Dakota) and Mary Landrieu (D-Louisiana) in sending a bipartisan letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to express concern about the approach the agency seems to be taking to regulate hydraulic fracturing under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) when diesel… Continue Reading


12.19.11

Corps Decision Clears Way for Responsible Development of NPR-A

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today welcomed a decision by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to grant road access to the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A) via construction of a bridge across the Colville River. "Today's decision clears the way for the National Petroleum Reserve's first oil production," Murkowski said. "NPR-A has long been cited as an example of the federal government's commitment to domestic oil production, but in reality the gates to NPR-A … Continue Reading


12.18.11

Murkowski Salutes “Mala the Magnificent” on Senate Floor

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Senator Lisa Murkowski took the occasion of the 105th anniversary of Ray Mala's birth to share the memories and the meaning of the nation's first Native film star. An Alaska Native and the first non-white actor to receive top billing in Hollywood entertainment, Mala was born on December 27th, 1906 in Candle, Alaska. Over the course of his career, he worked with cinema legends like Alfred Hitchcock and Cecil B. DeMille. "It is a great honor for me to reflect upon the life of … Continue Reading


12.17.11

Delegation Recognizes the 40th Anniversary of ANCSA

Washington, D.C. -Senators Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich, along with the support of Congressman Don Young passed a resolution recognizing the 40th anniversary of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. On December 18, 1971, the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) was enacted to settle longstanding issues of the Alaska Native aboriginal land claims. "When Alaska Business Monthly recently announced the Top 49 Alaskan-owned business list, it was no surprise to see that 8 of the top 10 … Continue Reading


12.17.11

Omnibus Appropriations Bill Brings Alaska Vital Funds

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Senator Lisa Murkowski today announced a number of funding priorities for Alaska addressed in the $1 trillion omnibus appropriations bill that passed the Senate with bipartisan support. The omnibus bill, which will fund the federal government for the remainder of the 2012 Fiscal Year, now heads to President Obama for his signature. The Senator sits on six different appropriations subcommittees, and is the ranking Republican on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Interior, … Continue Reading


12.17.11

Murkowski Votes for Benefit Extensions, 20,000 Jobs for America

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski today voted for the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act, which will continue to put added money into working Americans paychecks and keeps benefits going through February to those unemployed and looking for work. The act also extends the current medicare reimbursement rate and aid to needy families for two months. To make certain the bill does not add to the nation's deficit, it will be paid for by a bipartisan agreement to raise guarantee fees … Continue Reading


12.16.11

Murkowski Comments on BOEM Release of Shell Exploration

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today issued the following statement on the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's (BOEM) conditional approval of Shell's exploration plan for Alaska's Chukchi Sea, which requires Shell to stop drilling 38 days before ice forms around the drill site. BOEM has set Sept. 24 as the final day Shell can drill in the Chukchi next year. "Some of the conditions attached to this decision seem to be a response to newspaper ads, rather than founded in sc… Continue Reading


12.16.11

Spending Bill Reaffirms Restriction on “Wild Lands” Designations

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today unveiled language included in the 2012 Interior spending bill that blocks federal land management agencies from creating new wilderness areas without first getting Congressional approval. "It should be no surprise to the administration that Congress is again reconfirming that the executive branch does not have authority to set aside lands in wilderness-like classifications," Murkowski said. "This should be a clear message to the admi… Continue Reading


12.16.11

Murkowski: Interior Appropriations a Boon for Alaskan Causes

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Senator Lisa Murkowski today announced a number of funding priorities for Alaska reflected in the 2012 Interior Appropriations Bill working its way through the House and Senate - on areas ranging from resources to public health to recreation. Murkowski is the ranking Republican on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee for Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, which, with her role on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, gives her authorizing and appropriating powe… Continue Reading


12.15.11

Murkowski on Christen: “It Often Takes a Little Time to Get the Best”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski today voted to confirm Alaskan Supreme Court Justice Morgan Christen as the first Alaskan woman to serve on the Ninth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals, in an overwhelming 95-3 vote. Prior to the vote, Senator Murkowski spoke on the Senate floor in support of Justice Christen. "Morgan Christen is an experienced, well-rounded attorney," said Murkowski. "She is an exceptionally well-rounded jurist with experience on the trial and appellate bench. She … Continue Reading


12.15.11

Bill Blocks NPS from Conducting Boating Checks on State Waters

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. Lisa Murkowski today announced that the 2012 Interior Appropriations bill includes language restricting the National Park Service's authority to conduct boater safety checks within the Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve. "Congressman Young and I worked together to craft this language to address the growing frustration Alaskans have with the unprecedented overreach of federal land managers," Murkowski said. "Park Service rangers are not the Coast Guard." The provi… Continue Reading


12.15.11

Murkowski Provision to Return Authority for Arctic OCS to Interior

WASHINGTON, D.C. - After months of negotiations, Senator Lisa Murkowski today announced a deal that would return authority over air emissions from offshore activity in the Arctic to the Interior Department via the 2012 Interior Appropriations Bill. Murkowski is the ranking Republican on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee for Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, giving her authorizing and appropriating power over the Interior Department. "This language is one of the most important s… Continue Reading


12.13.11

Murkowski Warns Oceans Caucus of the “Great Consequences” Of Illegal Fishing

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski, Co-Chair of the Senate Oceans Caucus today took part in a briefing on Capitol Hill with Senators Dan Inouye (D-HI), Co-Chair Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Mark Begich to discuss the global problem of illegal, unreported, or unregulated fishing commonly referred to as IUU or pirate fishing. "When we have illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing that goes on, we can see great consequences when we do not have the rules in place and when we do not have … Continue Reading


12.13.11

Murkowski Appreciates “Thoughtful” Postal Service Decision

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Earlier today, the United States Post Office announced it has agreed to delay closing or consolidating any Post Office or mail processing facility until May 15, 2012. Senator Murkowski had the following reaction upon hearing the news: "I've asked for two things from the United States Postal Service as it adapts to survive in a digital era: a thoughtful approach that considers up-to-date and accurate information and an awareness that Alaska's geography is different from the l… Continue Reading


12.13.11

Murkowski Backs New Deficit Reduction Plan

WASHINGTON, DC- Senator Lisa Murkowski today joined four of her Senate colleagues to introduce the Deficit Reduction Implementation Act of 2011, which would create an opportunity for other Congressional proposals to receive a simple up or down vote and the same streamlined process afforded to the "Super Committee" - as long as the legislation meets the same $1.5 trillion goal of deficit reductions. She is joined by Senators Joe Lieberman (I-CT), Mike Enzi (R-WY), Bob Corker (R-TN), and Mark Kirk… Continue Reading


12.12.11

Murkowski to Prepare ‘Safety Valve’ Bill to Protect Electric Reliability

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today reiterated her concerns regarding the imminent release of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Utility MACT rule and its potential to cause power disruptions. The Utility MACT rule is due out this week and the EPA have yet to adequately address the concerns about reliability raised by Murkowski and many others. "After many communications with the EPA and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in which I asked them t… Continue Reading


12.10.11

Murkowski: NRC Commissioners’ Letter Raise Troubling Concerns

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today called on President Obama to address concerns raised by members of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) about the actions and management style of the agency's chairman, Gregory Jaczko. "I have serious concerns about the ability of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to protect the safety of the nation's 104 commercial nuclear reactors under the divisive leadership of Chairman Jaczko," Murkowski said. Four of the five members o… Continue Reading


12.09.11

Murkowski Invites Alaskans To Join “#MyAKTree” Campaign

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski today announced the "#MyAKTree" holiday campaign, inviting Alaskans to share pictures of their household Christmas trees on her Facebook page and via her Twitter account. "We do everything bigger in Alaska - whether it's the hefty trees many of us chop down and take home to decorate, or the festive spirit we display through the holiday season," said Murkowski. "I'm always talking up Alaskans to my Senate colleagues from the lower 48, so I'm encouragin… Continue Reading


12.09.11

Murkowski: State Offer Proves More Attractive in Dueling Lease Sales

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today congratulated state officials in Alaska for this week's successful petroleum lease sale, which netted the state nearly $21 million in high bids. "The state's successful sale clearly sends the message that Alaska is open for business," Murkowski said. "Unfortunately, because of the problems with the federal permitting process there was a lot less interest in the federal sale." Wednesday's offer of state-owned acreage on the North S… Continue Reading

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