Washington D.C. (KINY) — U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan (both R-Alaska), and Representative Mary Sattler Peltola (D-Alaska), today thanked members of the Alaska House and the Alaska Senate for passing a unanimous resolution supporting the pending Willow Project on Alaska’s North Slope, and urging the White House to approve the economically-viable “Alternative E” project scope recommended by career Department of the Interior (DOI) staff and scientists
DOI issued the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (FSEIS) for Willow on February 1, and the administration is expected to release a final Record of Decision (ROD) for the project within the next week.
“I thank the members of both chambers of the Alaska State Legislature for unanimously approving resolutions calling for the re-approval of the Willow Project. This is the latest and most visible demonstration of Alaskans’ strong, united, bipartisan support for this important project, building on support from Alaska Natives, union laborers, and countless others,” Senator Murkowski said. “The elected leaders who wrote and passed these resolutions recognize Willow’s economic significance, its national security benefits, its environmental advantages, and its ability to create needed opportunities all across the state. The message from Alaska is crystal clear: we urge the Biden administration to listen to our voices, as well as BLM career scientists, and re-approve Willow to allow an economically viable project to advance.”
“Three weeks ago in my speech before the Alaska Legislature, I respectfully asked every member of the Legislature—Democrats, Republicans, and Independents—to pass a unanimous, bicameral resolution demonstrating the strong, unified support of Alaskans for the Willow Project from our elected leaders,” said Senator Sullivan. “They delivered, and I want to thank them. This resolution sends a powerful message to the Biden administration in the final days before a Record of Decision is expected. I join all Alaska legislators in urging President Biden to respect the career staff and scientists who said this project can be done in a responsible way, and to hear the voices of those most impacted by this project: Alaskans. For the good of our families, our workers, our economy, our environment, and our national security—approve Willow now!”
Representative Peltola said, “This resolution demonstrates what Alaskans have been saying with one voice for years: we need Willow. I’m encouraged that the state legislature has made this clear once again with a unanimous resolution of support for this project. I encourage President Biden and the Department of the Interior to listen to this strong statement from Alaska’s elected representatives. Alaska Native leaders, labor groups, local elected officials, and Alaskans from every walk of life support Willow because we know that a clean energy transition will still rely on gap oil. Willow will give Alaska, and America, a reliable source of domestic energy to help power that transition. As we enter the final stretch leading up to the Administration’s decision, I will continue to advocate strongly for this project. Alaska’s future is at stake.”
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