Delegation, Environmentalists Debate Arctic Drilling Permitting Process

Photo and Story by Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC

Shell Oil Company has been waiting five years to get permission to drill exploratory wells in the Arctic, off Alaska’s coast.  A clean air permit is holding up development right now – and Shell says it’s had enough of waiting.  The Alaska delegation agrees that the federal government is holding up the process.  But environmentalists and some Alaskans say the system of checks is in place to protect regular citizens.

Photo: Rep. Don Young and Senator Lisa Murkowski speak with reporters in the Congressman’s DC office. Young says the EPA has “run amok.” Rep. Young is sporting black eyes from minor surgery to one of his eyes last week.

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