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Obama’s Interior Dept. Bans Drilling on 11.5 Million Acres of ‘Petroleum Reserve’ in Alaska

Earlier today, Governor Palin retweeted Jedediah Bila concerning this stunning move by the Obama administration to cut off 11.5 acres of domestic energy production in Alaska, here:

And here:

The article from the Wall Street Journal states:

President Obama is campaigning as a champion of the oil and gas boom he’s had nothing to do with, and even as his regulators try to stifle it. The latest example is the Interior Department’s little-noticed August decision to close off from drilling nearly half of the 23.5 million acre National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska.

The area is called the National Petroleum Reserve because in 1976 Congress designated it as a strategic oil and natural gas stockpile to meet the "energy needs of the nation." Alaska favors exploration in nearly the entire reserve. The feds had been reviewing four potential development plans, and the state of Alaska had strongly objected to the most restrictive of the four. Sure enough, that was the plan Interior chose.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says his plan "will help the industry bring energy safely to market from this remote location, while also protecting wildlife and subsistence rights of Alaska Natives." He added that the proposal will expand "safe and responsible oil and gas development, and builds on our efforts to help companies develop the infrastructure that’s needed to bring supplies online."

The problem is almost no one in the energy industry and few in Alaska agree with him. In an August 22 letter to Mr. Salazar, the entire Alaska delegation in Congress—Senators Mark Begich and Lisa Murkowski and Representative Don Young—call it "the largest wholesale land withdrawal and blocking of access to an energy resource by the federal government in decades." This decision, they add, "will cause serious harm to the economy and energy security of the United States, as well as to the state of Alaska." Mr. Begich is a Democrat.

The letter also says the ruling "will significantly limit options for a pipeline" through the reserve. This pipeline has long been sought to transport oil and gas from the Chukchi Sea, the North Slope and future Arctic drilling. Mr. Salazar insists that a pipeline could still be built, but given the Obama Administration’s decision to block the Keystone XL pipeline, Alaskans are right to be skeptical.

Alaskans also worry that the National Petroleum Reserve will become the same political football as the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve, or ANWR, which Washington has barred from drilling because of dubious environmental objections. The greens now want Congress to rename the energy reserve the "Western Arctic Reserve" to give the false impression that it is a fragile wildlife area. Some parts of the area are environmentally sensitive, but those 1.5 million acres (around Teshekpuk Lake) had already been set aside. Most of the other 11.5 million acres are almost indistinguishable from acreage owned by the state that is being drilled safely nearby.

Barack Obama has no interest in domestic energy production. He may say so during election season, but the actions of his administration speak much louder than words.

You can read the entire WSJ article here.

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  • WEL2

    This illistrates why Governor Palin should be Secretary of the Interior, if she becomes a member of a Romney administration.

  • dave7777

    Congress needs to pass a law deeding all the Federal land to the State of Alaska where it belongs. Also some of the western states have been canniblized by Federal acquisition(?). The States need to fight back. Hopefully the new Congressmen will have more gumption than Boehner.
    Folks, this is a turning point in our history.

  • Jthom26837

     It’s not suprising. I had a feeling all along that they were going to screw themselves with this issue. Let Obama campaign that he’s the champion of energy. I Stand with Sarah Palin.

  • watchdogmom

    Drill Here! Drill now! put this communist,criminal administration where they can’t endanger America anymore, in Leavenworth. The "Constitutional" violations stack up on a daily basis. The Constitution is "Thee Sacred Law of the Land" and must be upheld.

  • Hansome

    Obama seems to resent working people & private companies which provide jobs for them.

  • Azarkhan

    I’d like to put my boot on Commissar Salazar’s neck.

  • Jon Kelly

    And the price of gas at the pump is?????

    These people can get away with murder!!!!!!!

  • Ceejay

    Ozero doing all he can to get back at Palin and the American people.

    Vote him out!

  • Guest

    Wow…….Obama Must Go.

  • mark1955

    As usual and by design, "crickets chirping" from: MITTEN’S,Boehner,Graham, Bush/Rove,Cantor,Coburn, etal,because they are all onboard the "Fundemental Transformation" of our Constitutional Republic,to a ‘New World Order,One World Government’ along with their dem buddies. That "Transformation" begin’s,with the deliberate destruction of our economy and this is part of it. Gee,do you think MITTEN’S will confront Obama on this hand wrapped gift at tomorrow night’s debate? I don’t think so either.

    • $8196935

      Romney’s  speeches on the issue of drilling, pipeline, etc. are known  and takes on Obama on this issue,
      and in line with Sarah’s views on the subject.

      • mark1955

        Not enough! Right now he is being "Gift Wrapped" a perfect opportunity,with both the timing of this announcement by Salazar and the timing of the debate,to get a easy slam dunk by bringing this up at the debate,while it is still fresh in everyone’s minds. If MITTEN’S doesn’t take advantage of this opportunity,then all of his past words on wanting to drill are empty and are just that…Words!

  • 01_Explorer_01

    No worries.  In a few months Obamas cabinet will be arrested and tried for crimes against the Republic.  Justice will be served then

    • virginiagentleman1

      Your words to God’s ear, my friend.  Yet another handicapping of the economy by the criminal admin now in power!

  • VADMCollingwood

    Is there a bigger jack ass in Washington than Ken, "the hat" Salazar?  

  • Freempg

    Democrats at the highest levels are dirty, rotten, evil scum. Why should this surprise anyone?

    This is second nature to liberals, this is how they get foreign money into their campaigns. Remember what Clinton did to lock up a trillion dollars worth of coal at the demand of his buddies, the Indonesian coal-magnates, for their contributions?

    "In the weeks prior to the past election, revelations surfaced almost daily regarding donations from foreign sources to the Democratic Party and Clinton’s past campaigns. At the center of the controversy was another set of people to whom Clinton owes a few favors: the Lippo Group, a powerful $5 billion Indonesian conglomerate, founded and owned by the Riady family who, it turned out, had raised and funneled millions of dollars into campaign coffers."


  • GrmaTX

    With actions like this…not to mention Libya, high gas prices, high unemployment, economic near destruction and horrendous debate performances…one wonders if O is trying to win or trying to lose this election.

  • Truthteller Uno

    People need to think about this as they spend nearly 4 bucks a gallon to fill up.

  • Patriot41

    If I were the Gov. of Alaska, I would sue the U.S. Govt., over the right of control of existing lands within the State of Alaska.  I would also put out an arrest warrant for any member of the Interior Department that stepped foot on Alaskan soil, for trespassing.  That order would remain in tact and in full force, until the U.S. govt., returned control of Alaskan territory to the people of Alaska.  I would use the 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution to justify such an order.  It is time the citizens of Alaska took back control of their land and their Constitutional rights.

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