CSIS Holds Conference on Arctic Oil and Gas Development

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.

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Lori Townsend is the News Director for Alaska Public Media. She has worked in print and broadcast journalism for nearly 30 years. Radio brought her to Alaska, where she worked as a broadcast trainer for Native fellowship students at Koahnic Broadcasting before accepting a reporting/host position with APRN in 2003. APRN merged with Alaska Public Media a year later. Through her freelance work, she has produced news and feature stories nationally and internationally for Independent Native News, National Native News, NPR , Pacifica, Monitor Radio, Radio Netherlands and AIROS. Townsend is the recipient of numerous awards for her work from the Alaska Press Club, the Native American Journalists Association and a gold and a silver reel award from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters. 

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