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11.14.22

Murkowski, Sullivan Continue to Press for Fair Process, Timely Re-Approval of Ambler Access Project

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan (both R-Alaska) sent a new letter to Interior Secretary Deb Haaland reiterating their strong support for the Ambler Access Project (Ambler Road). The Senators' letter, in response to the Department of the Interior's (DOI) recent request for public input as it scopes a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for the project, urges DOI to limit its analysis to court-identified issues and to quickly complete the SEIS so development of this vi… Continue Reading


10.03.22

Murkowski, Sullivan, and Colleagues Demand Administration End Its War on U.S. Oil & Gas

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan (both R-AK) joined nineteen of their Republican Senate colleagues, in a letter led by U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), to demand the Biden administration end its assault on domestic oil and gas production and continue to sell oil and gas leases on federal land and water. The push comes in response to the U.S. Department of the Interior's draft proposal for the Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program, in which the department hinted … Continue Reading


09.20.22

Murkowski, Sullivan, Peltola Urge BLM to Re-Approve Willow Project By Year’s End

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan (both R-Alaska), and Representative Mary Sattler Peltola (D-Alaska), today sent a letter to Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland urging the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to complete the permitting process for the Willow Project in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska (NPR-A) by the end of the year, in time for the winter construction season. In their letter, the Alaska congressional delegation noted that the project has been develop… Continue Reading


08.31.22

Murkowski, Sullivan Urge Energy Department To Complete, Without Delay, Draft SEIS for AKLNG Project

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan (both R-Alaska) sent a letter yesterday to U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Jennifer Granholm expressing their support for the Alaska LNG Project (AKLNG), and urging the department to "complete, without delay, finalization of the draft supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS)" for the project. The letter calls for the DOE to reissue their approval of the project. "Given the United States is on the brink of an economic recession, c… Continue Reading


08.16.22

Murkowski, Sullivan Congratulate Santos on Pikka Project Investment Decision

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan (both R-Alaska) today issued the following statements welcoming Santos' announcement that it has approved a $2.6 billion investment for Phase 1 of its Pikka project on Alaska's North Slope. "This is great news for Alaska that will strengthen our economy for a long time to come," Murkowski said. "The Pikka project will help refill the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System while creating good jobs for Alaskans and bolstering our nation's energy security. I app… Continue Reading


08.13.22

Murkowski: Senate Missed Opportunity to Bolster U.S. Mineral Security during Debate on Partisan Reconciliation Bill

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) released the following statement after the Senate failed to accept an amendment she offered over the weekend to the partisan budget reconciliation bill. The amendment would have facilitated the responsible development of domestic graphite and cobalt deposits, like those in the Ambler Mining District in northwest Alaska, but was not agreed by a party-line vote of 50-50. "Any measure that allocates significant dollars for clean energy technologies must also… Continue Reading


07.25.22

Murkowski Advances Offshore Revenue Sharing Bill

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski's (R-AK) offshore revenue sharing bill, S. 2996, the Alaska Offshore Parity Act, advanced late last week out of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee (ENR) to the full Senate. Murkowski's bill, co-sponsored by U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK), would establish a federal offshore revenue sharing program for Alaska that provides parity with revenue sharing elsewhere in the outer Continental Shelf. "I have made it very clear that Alaska must be eligible for the same… Continue Reading


07.21.22

Murkowski Calls for Prioritizing American-Made Energy

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) spoke on the Senate floor to urge the Biden administration to prioritize American-made energy. Specifically, Senator Murkowski highlighted record-breaking gas prices, which are hitting hard families and businesses in Alaska and all across the United States, and called for a course correction from the administration: instead of looking to foreign nations to increase our energy supply and reduce prices, we should instead focus on increased domestic energy product… Continue Reading


07.18.22

Alaska Senators Urge DOI to Recognize Immense Benefits, Promptly Approve the Willow Project

Following the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) recent publication of a draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for ConocoPhillips' Willow project, located in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A), U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, both R-Alaska, wrote to Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland to reiterate their strong support of the project and to urge the Department to promptly approve it-with no extension of the current, 45-day public comment period. In t… Continue Reading


07.14.22

Alaskans Voice Strong Support for Willow Project

In case you missed it, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) issued the following statement in strong support of ConocoPhillips' Willow project, located in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A), after the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) published a draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for it late last week. "From day one, I've elevated the Willow project to the Administration as my top priority, and I will continue to hold them accountable to their commitment to see t… Continue Reading


07.08.22

Murkowski Welcomes Major Announcement on Alaska’s Willow Project

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) issued the following statement after the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) published a draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for ConocoPhillips' Willow project within the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A). "From day one, I've elevated the Willow project to the Administration as my top priority, and I will continue to hold them accountable to their commitment to see this additional environmental review through so that constructio… Continue Reading


06.14.22

Murkowski Announces Alaskan Communities Selected for DOE Partnership to Transform Energy Systems & Increase Resilience

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) announced that four Alaskan communities were selected to partner with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to help address high energy costs and vulnerable energy infrastructure. The Alaskan towns of Igiugig, McGrath, Nikolski, and St. George were among 12 communities nationwide selected by DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy as part of the Energy Transitions Initiative Partnership Project (ETIPP) to meet resilient energy goals. DOE selected c… Continue Reading


05.20.22

ICMYI: Murkowski Leads GOP Colleagues in Calling Out Biden Administration for Failed Energy Policies, High Gas Prices

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) led a group of her Senate Republican colleagues in a press conference this week to discuss the recent record-high gas prices across the country and call out the Biden administration for their failed energy policies. "I come from a state where we are an energy producer. But we pay some of the highest energy costs in the country, and right now our gas prices are the sixth highest in the country. Statewide, regular gas has increased by more than 52 percent over l… Continue Reading


04.26.22

BLM’s NPR-A Plan Harms American Energy Security, Ignores Alaskan Voices

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, both R-Alaska, today slammed the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for reverting the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A) to the 2013 version of its Integrated Activity Plan (IAP). This shortsighted decision closes millions of acres to responsible energy development, deliberately upending a careful balance in the management of the reserve and more broadly across Alaska lands. The Biden administration's move abandons the 2020 version of the IAP, … Continue Reading


04.14.22

Murkowski Statement on Highest Inflation in Four Decades

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) released the following statement after the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released a report showing inflation reached 8.5 percent over the past year, the largest year-over-year increase since 1981. "The numbers in this report serve to underscore the painful reality that Alaskans are facing every time they go to a grocery store or a gas station. Just about everything is being impacted by rising inflation as we see the cost of transportation and the overall co… Continue Reading


03.31.22

Murkowski: Latest Biden Oil ‘Plan’ is Half-Baked, Irresponsible

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today released the following statement after President Biden announced he would release approximately 180 million barrels of emergency oil reserves over the next six months. In addition, instead of taking meaningful steps to increase domestic oil and gas production, the President called on Congress to impose new fees on domestic oil and gas leaseholders. "Earlier this week, the President proposed to raise taxes on domestic energy producers by tens of billi… Continue Reading


03.31.22

DPA Announcement on Mineral Security Will Benefit Alaska

At the urging of U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Jim Risch (R-ID), and Bill Cassidy (R-LA), President Biden today announced that he is invoking the Defense Production Act (DPA) to spur critical mineral production. On March 11, the Senators sent a letter to President Biden calling to invoke the DPA to rebuild the capacity of key sectors and value-chains by domestically producing and processing critical minera… Continue Reading


03.11.22

Senators Murkowski, Manchin, Risch and Cassidy Urge Administration to Meet Domestic Mineral Demand, Address Supply Chain Crisis

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Jim Risch (R-ID), and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) wrote a letter to President Joe Biden stressing the urgency for the United States to strengthen America's mineral security. They call upon him to invoke the Defense Production Act to rebuild the capacity of key sectors and value-chains by domestically producing and processing critical minerals, such as battery metals like lithium and gr… Continue Reading


03.07.22

Manchin, Murkowski Statement on Growing Bipartisan, Bicameral Efforts to Ban Russian Energy Imports

Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, released the following statement on the recently announced bipartisan, bicameral agreement from the Senate Committee on Finance that provides a legislative path forward to ban imports of energy products from Russia. "Vladimir Putin's unprovoked war on Ukraine has killed hundreds of innocent people - many o… Continue Reading


02.22.22

Delegation Condemns Biden Administration Filing Against Alaska’s Ambler Road

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, and Congressman Don Young, all R-Alaska, today released the following statements in response to the Department of the Interior's (DOI) court filing to reopen the Record of Decision for the Ambler Mining District Industrial Access Road project (Ambler Road). This project-which began permitting during the Obama administration-received final federal approval in July of 2020, but now faces months of supplemental environmental analysis. "America's lack … Continue Reading

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