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09.17.20

Murkowski Welcomes Re-Establishment of Arctic Energy Office in Fairbanks

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today released the following statement after the Department of Energy (the Department) formally announced it has re-established its Arctic Energy Office in Fairbanks, Alaska. "The United States is an Arctic nation because of Alaska, and the re-establishment of the Arctic Energy Office in Fairbanks will ensure greater collaboration between our state's innovators and the Department of Energy's cutting-edge researchers," Murkowski said. "I have prioritized this … Continue Reading


09.16.20

Murkowski Speaks About Western Wildfires, Bill to Assist Alaska Native Elders

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today attended and briefly spoke at a subcommittee hearing held by the Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining (PLFM). Murkowski spoke about the western wildfire crisis and S. 2533, a bill she introduced to help ensure Alaska Native elders are not disqualified from receiving food assistance and other federal benefits. "I want to share my thoughts, prayers, and sincere hopes for rain and recovery for so many who are facin… Continue Reading


09.16.20

Murkowski Chairs FERC Nominations Hearing

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today chaired a hearing to consider the nominations of Mark Christie and Allison Clements to be Members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). "Decisions that FERC Commissioners make matter-not only to the energy sector but to the nation," Murkowski said. "Approving the siting of natural gas pipelines, investigating energy markets, and licensing hydroelectric projects are just a few of the Commission's duties. FERC's economic reach has been estim… Continue Reading


09.09.20

Murkowski Announces Appointment of Special Counsel

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today announced that Patrick J. McCormick III has returned to the staff of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, where he will serve as Special Counsel. McCormick will provide counsel and advocacy on matters within the committee's jurisdiction especially as they bear on the security, adequacy, reliability, and affordability of the nation's energy supply and delivery infrastructure. "I'm very excited to have Pat back at the committee," Murkowski said. "H… Continue Reading


08.20.20

Alaska LNG Project Secures Final Authorization to Export Natural Gas

U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan and Rep. Don Young, all R-Alaska, today released the following statements after the Department of Energy (DOE) issued a final, unconditional order authorizing the Alaska LNG project to export liquefied natural gas (LNG). Murkowski participated in a video teleconference with DOE Deputy Secretary Mark Menezes, DOE Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy Steve Winberg, and Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC) President Frank Richards to make the ann… Continue Reading


08.17.20

Major Milestone for Alaska’s 1002 Area: BLM Issues Record of Decision for Oil and Gas Program

U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, and Rep. Don Young, all R-Alaska, today issued the following statements after the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released its Record of Decision (ROD) for an oil and gas program in the non-wilderness Coastal Plain (1002 Area) of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). "This is a capstone moment in our decades-long push to allow for the responsible development of a small part of Alaska's 1002 Area. I appreciate the significant work of Secretary Bernh… Continue Reading


08.14.20

Alaska Delegation Welcomes Final Environmental Impact Statement for Willow Project

U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, and Rep. Don Young, all R-Alaska, issued the following statements on the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) final Environmental Impact Statement for the Willow Master Development Plan in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A). "As Alaskans work to rebuild our economy, it's essential for significant projects to make steady progress through the permitting process," said Murkowski, Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. "Willow… Continue Reading


08.06.20

Murkowski Cosponsors Legislation to Provide Needed Certainty for Project Developers

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, this week cosponsored legislation introduced by Senator John Cornyn, R-Texas, to reaffirm the Army Corps of Engineers' (Army Corps) Nationwide Permitting (NWP) program, including Nationwide Permit 12 (NWP-12). NWPs provide for expedited review of projects with minimal environmental impact but are threatened by a recent court ruling that could have significant economic consequences if left unaddressed. "The Army Corps has long used nationwide permits to au… Continue Reading


08.05.20

Murkowski Convenes Hearing Focused on Latest Cyber Threats

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today chaired a hearing to examine federal and industry efforts to improve the cybersecurity of the energy sector, including efforts to improve collaboration on various cybersecurity and critical infrastructure protection initiatives. In her opening remarks, Murkowski explained that cybersecurity must remain a priority even as the nation grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic. "We all know the stakes here. A successful hack could shut down power - impacting … Continue Reading


08.04.20

Murkowski Votes to Confirm Deputy Secretary of Energy

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today released the following statement after voting to confirm Mark Menezes to be Deputy Secretary of the Department of Energy (DOE). The Senate confirmed Menezes through a bipartisan vote of 79-16. "Mr. Menezes has demonstrated that he has the knowledge and experience needed to succeed as Deputy Secretary of Energy and I congratulate him on his bipartisan confirmation," Murkowski said. "I am confident he will be a great second-in-command to Secretary Brouill… Continue Reading


08.04.20

ICYMI: Murkowski Speaks in Support of Mark Menezes

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, yesterday spoke on the Senate floor in support of the nomination of Mark Menezes to be Deputy Secretary of the Department of Energy. Murkowski spoke just before the Senate began a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Menezes' nomination. That vote was successful - 78 to 14 - and a vote on final passage is scheduled for 11:30 am this morning. Click photo for video of Murkowski's floor statement Senator Murkowski's Remarks Mr. President, I've co… Continue Reading


07.29.20

Murkowski, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Boost Research and Development of Carbon Removal Technologies

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) yesterday introduced bipartisan legislation, the Carbon Removal, Efficient Agencies, Technology Expertise (CREATE) Act, which supports the development of innovative technologies that ensure cleaner air and a healthier environment. "Carbon removal technologies have significant promise and could someday present an opportunity to substantially reduce net levels of global greenhou… Continue Reading


07.27.20

Murkowski’s Mineral Bill Included in Recovery Legislation

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today announced that her bipartisan American Mineral Security Act is included in new legislation to help the U.S. recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Murkowski's bill, which focuses on rebuilding domestic supply chains, addresses systemic weaknesses exposed by the pandemic and is critical to the future of U.S. manufacturing and competitiveness. "The COVID-19 pandemic has brought renewed attention to the fact that our nation is heavily dependent on imports … Continue Reading


07.23.20

Senate Passes Nuclear Energy Leadership Act In Defense Authorization Bill

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today thanked her colleagues for supporting the inclusion of S. 903, her Nuclear Energy Leadership Act (NELA), in S. 4049, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2021. The Senate today passed the NDAA bill, with NELA incorporated by amendment, by a vote of 86 to 14. "For too long, the United States has lagged woefully behind on innovative nuclear energy technologies, which comes at great cost to our economy, our global leadership, an… Continue Reading


07.23.20

Delegation: Ambler Access Project Will Aid Alaska’s Economy, Domestic Mineral Security

U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, and Rep. Don Young, all R-Alaska, today issued the following statements after the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released its Record of Decision (ROD) for the Ambler Mining District Industrial Access Road project (Ambler Road). "Federal approval of the Ambler Road is both timely and significant for Alaska's future," Senator Murkowski said. "This project will provide the access needed to responsibly develop a number of high-grade mineral deposits, hopefu… Continue Reading


07.23.20

Murkowski: Public Land Users Have Been Hit Hard By COVID-19 Pandemic

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today chaired a hearing to examine the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on users of public lands, forests, and national parks. The committee received testimony from witnesses representing the outdoor recreation industry, ranchers, water providers, state wildlife agencies, and a nonprofit foundation that partners with the National Park Service. In her opening statement, Murkowski called attention to the 22 percent drop in visitation to national parks, which … Continue Reading


07.15.20

Murkowski Welcomes NEPA Modernization Rule

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today welcomed President Trump's announcement of a final rule to modernize the federal regulations that govern the environmental review and permitting processes under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1970. "For decades, projects in Alaska and throughout the country have languished as a result of a federal permitting process that has become unnecessarily burdensome due in large part to outdated NEPA regulations. As we work to recover from the… Continue Reading


07.01.20

Murkowski Welcomes Finalized Hilcorp-BP Sale

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today released the following statement on the announcement of Hilcorp's acquisition of BP's Alaska upstream assets. "I'm very pleased to see this transaction move forward and appreciate Hilcorp's commitment to Alaska," Murkowski said. "This announcement is particularly welcome news for our state as we work to rebuild our economy. Hilcorp has ensured a stable natural gas supply in Cook Inlet and secured a 90-percent local hire rate in recent years. BP has b… Continue Reading


07.01.20

ICYMI: Murkowski, Manchin Make Case for American Energy Innovation Act

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., took to the Senate floor this week to urge their colleagues to pass the American Energy Innovation Act (AEIA), rather than leaving behind years of important bipartisan work and resigning our nation's energy policies to at least another year without modernization. Click photo for video of colloquy between Murkowski and Manchin Excerpts from the Senators' Remarks On the American Energy Innovation Act Chairman Murkowski: "We… Continue Reading


06.30.20

Murkowski Convenes Hearing Focused on COVID-19 Impacts on U.S. Territories

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today chaired a hearing to examine the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the U.S. territories - American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. "All of our states face challenges in fighting the spread and impact of COVID-19. The territories face additional hurdles, from limited capacity to handle a health pandemic to economies with fewer sources of revenue that are severely harmed by the economic shutdown, p… Continue Reading

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