Thursday, June 30, 2011

Alaska to EPA: Suck It

The anti-energy policies of the Obama administration range from illegally obstructing oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico to revoking properly issued coal mining permits in West Virginia -- and everything in between.

Thankfully, states are starting to fight back, Alaska serving as only the latest example.

Big energy news was broken at today's press conference at the Chamber. Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell... and Alaska Commissioner of Natural Resources Dan Sullivan announced the state would allow drilling off a strip of state-owned land, expanding energy production:

It would allow the state to start allowing drilling in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas, up to three miles off the federally protected regions of ANWR and the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, bypassing the need for federal permission...

While the state has no control over drilling in ANWR, it does own the three miles of Arctic Ocean just off the coast—after those three miles, the federal government owns the waters. Officials say it stands to reason that that three-mile ribbon likely cuts through the vast oil deposits believed to lie beneath ANWR and the Arctic Ocean. Alaskan officials and oil companies hope that by drilling in that strip, they can tap into up to a dozen giant oil pools that would otherwise be off-limits.


I think I just wrenched my clavicle, I was laughing so hard.

Well, this is certainly going to piss off the Obama administration.

To which I say: too damn bad. Maybe the entire bureaucracy could move to another country... one that enjoys restricting access to its own vast energy reserves.


You say there aren't any?


Bones said...

Does the same rule apply to all the other coastal states?

Trialdog said...

Kewl! I hope Alaskans become wealthier than the Saudis. Drill baby drill. Pump, pump, pump.

Anonymous said...

Those who live by the fine print (the bureaucracy) shall perish by the fine print. Couldn't happen to a more deserving bunch than this administration.

Go, Alaska! Show the rest of us how it's done.

toadbile said...

Would be nice to cut the operating costs in half by drilling on dry land. But any port in a crap storm, and it does make it harder to bus in the SEIU thugs.