Murkowski Opposes Federal Court Decision on OCS
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today gave the following statement after a federal appeals court canceled a program to expand oil and gas drilling off Alaska’s coast:
"I am disappointed that the D.C. Circuit has issued this decision to vacate and remand the five year Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) leasing program to the extent that this may now cause a further delay in the development of the oil and gas resources that America still requires to fuel its economy," Murkowski said.
"Alaska’s OCS is America’s energy storehouse and it needs to be developed with sensitivity to climate change and marine life, but I am troubled that the groups behind this litigation are engaging in the too-familiar tactic of suing on every possible issue, no matter the legal merits. This is evidenced by five of the six claims – all relating to climate change and endangered species - having been dismissed or denied.
"As of this morning, the price of oil in America is up and supply is down. Whether this case is appealed again or if the Department of Interior restructures the five year plan, I am hopeful that a good faith effort to advance a responsible and efficient program for our OCS resources in Alaska and elsewhere will be a priority for all three branches of government. The world’s environment, as well as our Nation’s security and economy, depend on our leadership on this issue."