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onmentally risky than offshore oil drilling. Little drilling impact?"It is rich in irony that Rep. Markey says he's defending Alaska Native people when prominent North Slope leaders of Alaska have testified how they and the villages want ANWR open," Sullivan said. Markey who also has attacked the controversial 8(a) program in Alaska and wants to stop Arctic Ocean drilling called the coastal plain the "biological heart of the refuge. " Drilling supporters, such as the hard working duo at Arctic Power, argue that the plain would be minimally impacted because drilling technology has improved, requiring a relatively small development footprint.
In 2010, Sullivan pointed out that the 1980 law that expanded the refuge calls for a "continuing inventory" of fish and wildlife resources and how oil and gas development affects those resources. Using the latest technology to discern how and where the oil could safely and technically be extracted is key to understanding how development would affect wildlife. In kicking off the proposal recently, Parnell said an update using new technology such as 3 D seismic to determine how much oil lies within ANWR could help inform the debate over whether the coastal plain should be opened.
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Sunset provision?The 2001 opinion, issued after Markey asked then Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt what activity could legally be permitted in the refuge, determined that Congress permitted "time limited" exploratory activities that ended in 1987 when the Interior Department issued a report to Congress on the oil and gas potential in ANWR. Not so, said Sullivan. The law says nothing about prohibiting future updates to ANWR's oil and gas inventory. The section calling for exploration in ANWR "do.
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