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03.27.20

Murkowski, Sullivan: Ambler Access Project Could Help Close the Gap on America’s Mineral Security

U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, both R-Alaska, today issued the following statements after the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released the final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Ambler Mining District Industrial Access Road project. "I welcome BLM's final EIS as a key step for an important project that will create good jobs for Alaskans, but continue to emphasize the importance of stakeholder engagement to ensure local voices are heard," Murkowski said. "Projects like t… Continue Reading


03.25.20

Murkowski, Colleagues to Secretary Pompeo: Push Back on Saudi Arabia and Russia to Protect American Jobs

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) today led an effort joined by five Senators urging U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to take an aggressive stance against the efforts of Saudi Arabia and Russia to destabilize America's oil and gas industry - a key part of the domestic economy - amid a global pandemic. In a letter sent today, the Senators wrote that the "Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Russian Federation have embarked upon economic warfare against the United States" and warned that "by … Continue Reading


03.20.20

Murkowski, Sullivan Urge Secretary of Commerce to Investigate Russia and Saudi Arabia Excessive Dumping in Oil Markets

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan (both R-Alaska) joined Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) on a letter to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross urging him to investigate excessive dumping of oil by Russia and Saudi Arabia that has destabilized global oil markets. They were joined in sending the letter by Sens. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), and John Hoeven (R-N.D.). The full text of the letter to Se… Continue Reading


03.12.20

Senate Confirms James Danly to be FERC Commissioner

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today issued the following statement after the Senate voted to confirm James Danly to be a Member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on a bipartisan basis. Danly will serve the remainder of a term that ends on June 30, 2023. "I congratulate Mr. Danly on his confirmation and am pleased that FERC is gaining a well-qualified member. FERC is essential to ensuring the reliability and affordability of our nation's electric system, and I am glad we h… Continue Reading


03.09.20

Murkowski’s Statement on AEIA Cloture Vote

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, tonight released the following statement about the bipartisan American Energy Innovation Act: "I am incredulous the Senate did not vote to invoke cloture on our substitute amendment after a year of regular process in the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. It is beyond frustrating to have our bill, which contains priorities from more than 70 Senators, held up by an unrelated dispute that was never part of our discussions in the lead-up to this floor pr… Continue Reading


03.06.20

Delegation Celebrates Milestone for Alaska LNG

U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, and Rep. Don Young, all R-Alaska, today released the following statements after the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) published the final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Alaska LNG Project. "This is a key step forward for Alaska LNG and a significant milestone for the project," said Senator Murkowski. "This final EIS is the culmination of years of research, analysis, and public process. I thank all of the staff at FERC who worked d… Continue Reading


03.06.20

Murkowski and Manchin Add 18 Amendments to Bipartisan Energy Innovation Bill

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today filed a modified substitute amendment to S. 2657, the vehicle for the broad, bipartisan American Energy Innovation Act she has introduced with Senator Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. The modified substitute contains the text of 18 amendments-nine from Senators on each side of the aisle-that have been filed during this week's floor debate. Click photo for video of Murkowski's floor statement Below are excerpts from Murkowski's floor remarks, which also focused… Continue Reading


03.05.20

International Energy Agency: United States is Well-Positioned to Lead the World on Energy

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today chaired a hearing where International Energy Agency (IEA) Executive Director Dr. Fatih Birol testified on the latest developments and longer-term prospects for global energy markets, with a special focus on the United States. "Dr. Birol is internationally renowned and respected as a true expert on energy markets, trends, and policies, and we were glad to have him back before our committee," Murkowski said. "His perspective is particularly timely today a… Continue Reading


03.03.20

Murkowski: DOE Request Hits on Minerals, Misses on Innovation

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today chaired an oversight hearing to examine the proposed fiscal year 2021 budget for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Secretary Dan Brouillette testified in support of the President's budget request, which focuses on a number of key cross-cutting challenges - including grid modernization, energy storage, and plastics innovation - while proposing steep cuts to important innovation-focused programs. Murkowski highlighted DOE's new Critical Minerals Init… Continue Reading


03.03.20

Murkowski: American Energy Innovation Act Will Benefit Alaskans

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, last week released the American Energy Innovation Act (AEIA), her broad, bipartisan bill to modernize America's energy laws. Murkowski intends to file the full text of AEIA as a substitute amendment to S. 2657, which is being debated on the Senate floor this week. The bipartisan energy innovation package has significant benefits for Alaskans. "Alaska is a natural proving ground for new technologies and an incubator for innovation," Murkowski said. "My new bil… Continue Reading


03.02.20

Senate To Take Up Murkowski’s Bipartisan Energy Innovation Bill

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (ENR), spoke today after the Senate voted to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to S. 2657, the vehicle for the American Energy Innovation Act (AEIA). Click photo for video of Murkowski's floor statement Below are excerpts from Murkowski's floor remarks: "It has now been more than 12 years since Congress enacted comprehensive legislation to update our nation's energy laws. During that … Continue Reading


02.27.20

Murkowski, Manchin Introduce American Energy Innovation Act

After a full year of hearings, business meetings, and bipartisan negotiations, U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., today released the text of their energy innovation package. The American Energy Innovation Act (AEIA) will modernize domestic energy laws to ensure the United States remains a global energy leader while also strengthening national security, increasing our international competitiveness, and investing in clean energy technologies. "This bill is our best… Continue Reading


02.25.20

Murkowski: Forest Service Should Prioritize Wildland Fire Management, Reasonable Access to Alaska Forests

Chairman Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today convened a hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to examine the President's $5.3 billion budget request for the U.S. Forest Service (Forest Service) for Fiscal Year 2021. During the hearing, Murkowski addressed the importance of fire management, the need for sustainable timber harvesting and recreation access in Alaska, and the disturbing rise in firefighter suicides. "Although this year's budget request is far from perfect, I agre… Continue Reading


02.13.20

Delegation Responds to Misguided Letter Seeking to Undermine Investment in Alaska

U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, and Rep. Don Young, all R-Alaska, sent a letter this week to the chief executives of 11 major banks in response to a misguided letter that a number of their Democratic colleagues sent in late January. The delegation's letter calls out mischaracterizations being made as part of an effort to deter investment in responsible energy production in a small part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Below is an excerpt from the letter: "Unfortunately, but not… Continue Reading


02.11.20

ENR Advances Two Interior Nominees

The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (ENR) today held a business meeting to advance the following nominees to the full Senate for confirmation: Ms. Katharine MacGregor to be Deputy Secretary of the Department of the Interior, and Mr. Lanny Erdos to be Director of the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement at the Department of the Interior. "Ms. MacGregor and Mr. Erdos are both well-qualified and have bipartisan support. I hope we can move swiftly to confirm b… Continue Reading


01.13.20

Murkowski Announces Senior Staff Promotions

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today announced two staff promotions on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (ENR): Brianne Miller to be Deputy Staff Director of Energy and Lucy Murfitt to be Deputy Staff Director of Natural Resources. "I greatly appreciate the work that Brianne and Lucy have accomplished on the committee on behalf of Alaskans and individuals and communities across the nation," Murkowski said. "These promotions are well-deserved and I'm confident they will help… Continue Reading


01.09.20

Murkowski Welcomes NEPA Modernization Effort

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today welcomed President Trump's decision to propose a modernization of federal environmental review and permitting processes under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1970. "While I am still reviewing the details of this proposal, antiquated federal regulations often stand in the way of critical infrastructure and other important projects that can create jobs, improve our standard of living and energy security, and yet still fully protect the env… Continue Reading


12.20.19

Murkowski Welcomes New Additions to ENR Staff

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today announced recent additions to her staff on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee: Grace Jang as communications director, Chris Griffin as a staff assistant, and Alexander Jackstadt as a staff assistant. In addition, Tonya Parish has been promoted to press secretary. "I'm very pleased Grace, Chris, and Alex have joined us here in Washington, D.C., to strengthen our already outstanding team," Murkowski said. "Alaska is key to our country's ene… Continue Reading


12.19.19

Murkowski Seeks Solutions to Mitigate Wildfire Impacts on Electric Grid

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today chaired a hearing of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee to examine the impacts of wildfires on the reliability of the nation's electric grid. In recent years, wildfires have increasingly caused widespread power outages, most acutely in Western states like California. During her opening remarks, Murkowski recounted last year's Camp Fire, one of the deadliest and most destructive fires in California's history. "The Camp Fire was a sobering wakeup… Continue Reading


12.17.19

Committee Reviews Nominee for Office of Surface Mining

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today chaired a hearing of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee to consider the nomination of Mr. Lanny Erdos to be Director of the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM) at the Department of the Interior. Murkowski opened the hearing by noting that while OSM plays an important role in approving and monitoring projects and reclamation, federal law clearly points to states as the lead regulator of coal mines. "In my home state of Ala… Continue Reading

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