U.S Senator Lisa Murkowski recently questioned the nominee to be the next Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell, about her commitment to return much-needed balance to the various missions of the Department of the Interior, including responsible energy development.
Murkowski said that we need you to affirm that public lands provide not just a playground for recreational enthusiasts, but also paychecks for countless energy producers, miners, loggers and ranchers during her questioning of the candidate and President of REI…
Sen. Murkowski(R-AK): “So would it be safe to say that you agree that part of the department’s mission on federal lands it to increase oil production?”
Jewell: “Senator, We’re blessed with many resources in federal lands, and certainly leaning into domestic oil and gas production is an important part of the mission of particularly the Bureau of Land Management but also the Department of Interior.”
Sen. Murkowski(R-AK): “Well and I’d hope that you’d be willing to work with us in encouraging just that aspect as we develop not only our oil and gas resources, our mineral resources. We know we’re blessed with amazing reserves and resources on our federal lands, unfortunately, we haven’t seen the level of activity and action that we’d like on that.”