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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


06.29.20

Murkowski Welcomes PILT Payments to Alaska

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) announced today that the Department of the Interior is distributing $31,683,971 to eligible local governments across Alaska through the Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program. The PILT program provides monetary compensation to local governments in the state that contain federal lands that are not subject to state or local taxation. This revenue supports local governments in providing essential services, such as construction of public schools and roads, firefight… Continue Reading


06.25.20

20 Senators: Defense Authorization Bill Should Include Advanced Nuclear

U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Cory Booker, D-N.J., recently led a bipartisan group of 20 Senators in sending a letter to urge the inclusion of S. 903, the Nuclear Energy Leadership Act (NELA), within S. 4049, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2021. The members' letter highlights nuclear energy's contribution to national security. The advanced reactors supported by NELA have significant potential to provide clean, safe, reliable, and affordable energy to mi… Continue Reading


06.25.20

Delegation Welcomes Final Environmental Impact Statement on NPR-A Integrated Activity Plan

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) published the final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for an updated Integrated Activity Plan (IAP) for the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A). The final EIS will be followed by a record of decision that will guide management of the NPR-A. "As Alaskans work toward economic recovery, having a robust plan to unlock the potential of on… Continue Reading


06.24.20

Murkowski: Mineral Supply Chains Critical to Energy – and Health, Economy, and Security

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today chaired a hearing to examine the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mineral supply chains, the role of those supply chains in economic and national security, and the challenges America faces in rebuilding them. This is the committee's ninth hearing on the importance of minerals to supply chains during Murkowski's time as Chairman and Ranking Member. "The pandemic has brought home that we don't produce many goods important to our country," Murkowski said… Continue Reading


06.19.20

ICYMI: American Energy Innovation Act Can Boost the Economic Recovery

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, yesterday took to the Senate floor to outline how the energy industry has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic - and urged her colleagues to pass the American Energy Innovation Act (AEIA) to help boost the nation's economic recovery. Murkowski's comments followed a hearing held by ENR on Tuesday morning to discuss those impacts and hear from witnesses on how to recover from them. Click photo for video of Murkowski's floor statement Excerpts from the S… Continue Reading


06.18.20

Murkowski to NOAA: Update Tsunami Monitoring in Prince William Sound

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, recently sent a letter urging officials at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to prioritize improvements to tsunami-monitoring in Prince William Sound and throughout Alaska. State officials recently announced the discovery of potential for one of the largest landslide threats in Alaska history at Barry Arm-where an unstable slope sits above a retreating glacier and could trigger a massive tsunami if released. "The landslide and tsun… Continue Reading


06.16.20

Murkowski: Energy Industry Has Faced Significant Impacts, Is Critical to Economic Recovery

U.S. U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today chaired a hearing to examine the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the U.S. energy industry. Murkowski also emphasized that the industry can play a key role in the nation's economic recovery. "The decline in demand can be found just about everywhere. Less flying means less jet fuel. Less driving means less gasoline and diesel. Less commercial activity means less electricity. Less consumption means less production. Less investment today means les… Continue Reading


06.11.20

ICYMI: Murkowski on the Great American Outdoors Act

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, earlier this week spoke on the Senate floor about the Great American Outdoors Act, which would help address deferred maintenance backlogs on federal land-including at National Parks and National Forests in Alaska-while providing greater funding for local recreational opportunities. In her floor remarks, Murkowski also highlighted the role of oil and gas revenue in funding conservation efforts and made the case for offshore revenue sharing to be incorporated… Continue Reading


06.11.20

Murkowski, Manchin Welcome Crucial Step for U.S. Leadership in Nuclear Energy

U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., today commended the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation's (DFC) decision to allow nuclear energy projects to apply for financing-as Murkowski and Manchin requested in an October 2019 letter to DFC. "Nuclear energy technology can help meet the world's clean energy needs," Murkowski said. "Our energy future is global, and steps like this DFC decision are crucial to meeting climate and energy leadership goals. Developing… Continue Reading


06.09.20

Murkowski: Testing, PPE Critical During 2020 Wildfire Season

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska today chaired a hearing to examine wildfire management in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. "Alaska had one of the largest, most expensive, and heavily-staffed fires last year-the Swan Lake Fire on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge-that burned off and on for almost four months," Murkowski said. "Over 3,000 people were assigned to that fire, including hundreds of firefighters from the Lower 48. The fallout from a small fraction of infections on a fire lik… Continue Reading


06.04.20

Delegation Will Continue to Fight for Life-Saving Road for King Cove

U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, and Rep. Don Young, all R-Alaska, today released the following statements after a federal judge ruled against a U.S. Department of the Interior land exchange agreement needed to facilitate a short, gravel, life-saving road that will connect King Cove, Alaska, to the all-weather airport in nearby Cold Bay. "This decision is yet another bitter disappointment for the good people of King Cove," Murkowski said. "I continue to believe the Department of the Int… Continue Reading


06.02.20

Murkowski, Bishop Lead Congressional Push for Domestic Mineral Production

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah-1, today led a bicameral letter to U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue encouraging them to finalize rulemakings that will modernize and simplify regulations governing the domestic production of locatable minerals. Sens. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Jim Risch, R-Idaho, John Hoeven, R-N.D., Bill Cassidy, R-La., James Lankford, R-Okla., Steve Daines, R-Mont., Dan… Continue Reading


05.29.20

Murkowski Welcomes Relief for Renewable Energy Projects

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, thanked Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin for the Department's swift response to recent requests for regulatory relief for the renewable energy industry. On Wednesday, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released updated regulatory guidance for renewable energy projects taking the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) and Production Tax Credit (PTC). "The COVID-19 pandemic has posed significant challenges for the renewable energy industry, which has lost thousands of jo… Continue Reading


05.21.20

Murkowski, Collins, and Tillis Urge Regulatory Relief for Renewable Energy Industry

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today led a group of senators in sending a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin urging additional regulatory relief for companies utilizing the energy investment tax credit (ITC) and production tax credit (PTC). Senators Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Thom Tillis, R-N.C., also signed the letter. "At a time when the renewable energy industry is facing significant challenges, these steps will help protect American jobs and provide investor certainty as w… Continue Reading


05.21.20

Delegation: FERC Approval is Major Milestone for Alaska LNG Project

U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan and Rep. Don Young, all R-Alaska, today released the following statements after the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) granted the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation authorization to construct and operate the Alaska LNG project. "This is a capstone moment for Alaska LNG at the federal level, and it is the result of a robust and comprehensive review process," Murkowski said. "A final FERC certificate and order are immensely valuable assets … Continue Reading


05.15.20

Murkowski Welcomes Advanced Reactor Demonstration Program

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, welcomed the Department of Energy's (DOE) launch of an Advanced Reactor Demonstration Program (ARDP) within its Office of Nuclear Energy. The ARDP will partner with private industry to help demonstrate advanced nuclear reactors in the United States. "Over the past several years, I have worked with my Senate colleagues to develop a pathway for these important clean energy systems and have pushed my Nuclear Energy Leadership Act to reposition us as the undispu… Continue Reading


05.14.20

Never Again Education Act En Route to the President’s Desk

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, welcomed the Senate's passage of H.R. 943, the Never Again Education Act, which will help raise awareness of the Holocaust by providing educational resources for teachers and students. "The Holocaust is a scourge in world history, when racism and intolerance led to the murder of over 11 million people because of their Jewish heritage, ethnicity, religious or political views, and other differences," Murkowski said. "More than 70 years later, we have seen a re… Continue Reading

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