Interior secretary vows to reinvigorate Alaska oil industry

Tuesday, 27 June 2017, 03:31:58 PM. Ryan Zinke told an Alaska oil industry group's annual conference that Trump's administration will make it easier to develop new projects in the state.
President Donald Trump's interior secretary, Ryan Zinke, drew cheers from some industrial-minded Alaskans on Wednesday when he pledged to pave the way for new development on the North Slope and reinvigorate the state's oil industry. "The only path for energy dominance is a path through the great state of Alaska," Zinke told the audience at an Anchorage conference hosted by the state's major oil industry group, the Alaska Oil and Gas Association. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke takes questions Tuesday in Anchorage. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Sen. Dan Sullivan and Rep. Don Young listen at right. (Marc Lester / Alaska Dispatch News) "The president has declared — and thank you Donald J. Trump — that the war on North American energy is now over," Zinke added, equating "energy" and oil. Flanked by politicians and hard-hat-wearing union members, Zinke signed a secretarial order at the end of his speech aimed at boosting production in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska and at updating estimates of the amount of oil beneath the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Alaska politicians welcomed the move, calling it a reversal of Obama-era policies of the past eight years that Republican U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski described as an effort to "close it all off." "Now, finally, we have an administration that will listen to us — that will work with us to ensure that we can safely produce our resources," Murkowski said. But some industry players interviewed at the conference were more tempered in their...Read more
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