Murkowski Asks Interior to Close Some Alaska Waters To Offshore Drilling

"WASHINGTON - Alaska’s Republican senator said on Thursday she will ask Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to remove certain sensitive offshore areas of Alaska from his proposed strategy to increase oil and gas drilling in federal waters.
Senator Lisa Murkowski, who chairs the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said the Alaska congressional delegation is “really bullish and optimistic” about the oil and gas potential of the Arctic and the Cook inlet.

But she said they have concerns about more sensitive ecological areas in the Gulf of Alaska and in the Kawerak region in the Bering Straits."

David Shepardson and Valerie Volcovici report for Reuters January 25, 2018.

Source: Reuters, 01/29/2018