Alaska Sues Obama Administration Over Drilling Moratorium
The state of Alaska filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration yesterday to overturn the federal moratorium on deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico because, Alaska Governor Sean Parnell argues, it has resulted in a de facto moratorium on drilling off the coast of Alaska.
According to a statement from Parnell’s office on the lawsuit, which was filed in U.S. District Court in Alaska:
Alaska is arguing that the Department of the Interior acted arbitrarily and capriciously and violated federal law by (1) failing to consult with state officials; (2) neglecting to properly consider the significant economic impact of a drilling moratorium; and (3) failing to issue a written decision explaining the basis for the moratorium
Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) said last night that he supports the lawsuit:
I agree with the Governor’s message that an overreaching ban does not reflect Alaska’s unique conditions and fails to consider the impact on Alaska jobs and the Alaska economy. I will continue to work with the Governor, the State, and affected Alaskans to ensure a future for Alaska’s oil and gas.