State to Seek Reconsideration of ANWR Rejection

The state will ask the director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reconsider a decision rejecting Alaska's exploration plan for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

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by Associated Press

JUNEAU- The state will ask the director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reconsider a decision rejecting Alaska's exploration plan for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Regional Fish and Wildlife Service director Geoffrey Haskett, in a letter last week, said the authorization for an exploration program on the coastal plain of the refuge expired in 1987.
The state proposed an exploration plan aimed at determining the oil and gas potential in the refuge. State Natural Resources Commissioner Dan Sullivan has said that under the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, the Interior Secretary must approve an exploration plan if it meets the necessary requirements. He has said he believes the plan does.
Gov. Sean Parnell said the feds, in their rejection, relied on an inaccurate interpretation of the law.