December 08, 2009
The former Alaska governor took to her Facebook page late Monday to “commend” Interior Secretary Ken Salazar for his decision to open conditionally three wells for drilling in the Chukchi Sea off the coast of Alaska.
Obama Administration Approves Oil Drilling In Arctic Off Alaska
The U.S. Interior Department Monday gave the go-ahead for Shell Oil to begin drilling three exploratory wells in the Chukchi Sea, a move that opens the door for production in a new region of the Arctic.
“This is progress,” said Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, the top Republican on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. “Today’s announcement from the MMS is an encouraging sign that Alaska’s oil and natural gas resources can continue to play a major role in America’s energy security.”
h/t: Jeannie Cheak