Drilling Advocates Dominate Public Hearing

Jake Neher, KBRW – Barrow

Drilling advocates dominated an Anchorage public hearing put on by federal offshore drilling regulators who sought comment on a proposed five-year plan for offshore oil and gas lease sales that includes the Beaufort and Chukchi seas. More than 100 people signed up Friday night for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management scoping session covering 2012 through 2017.  Pro-drilling forces offered pizza and soft drinks to encourage supporters to arrive early and sign up to testify. But in Barrow last week, the scene was much different.

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