In Washington D.C. on Tuesday, the Center for Strategic and International Studies or CSIS held a one day conference on Arctic oil and gas development. CSIS is an international security think tank. David Pumprey is the deputy director of energy and national security for CSIS. Senator Murkowski gave the opening speech this morning. Also on the panel was Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell, oil industry officials, environmental watchdogs and deputy director of Interior David Hayes.
Pumprey says CSIS pulled the conference together in an effort to provide more information on the political debate about how quickly arctic development should or should not happen.