U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski hopes to advance a proposal to allow for oil and gas drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, seeing an opportunity with Republicans controlling Congress and Republican Donald Trump set to become president.
Murkowski told reporters she will continue chairing the Senate energy committee and will work early on to push for allowing drilling.
U.S. Rep. Don Young also plans to pursue legislation to open the refuge to drilling when the new Congress convenes in January.
Murkowski says she sees opportunities to advance energy policy in Alaska. But she says Republicans will have to work with Democrats.
Elisabeth Balster Dabney, executive director of the Northern Alaska Environmental Center, predicted any efforts to allow for drilling on the refuge’s coastal plain would be a major fight.
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