facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Working group reviews Alaskan energy

July 31, 2012 at 7:08 AM   |   Comments

WASHINGTON, July 31 (UPI) -- An interagency working group exploring potential energy issues in Alaska starting examining development prospects, the government said.

An interagency working group for Alaska started work on a scientific hub that will serve as a point of information for interested parties. A separate initiative by the group aims to develop a comprehensive approach to examining the potential development of infrastructure in the arctic region of the state.

U.S. Deputy Interior Secretary David Hayes, chairman of the working group, said a science-based approach to energy and other developmental issues in Alaska is a key part of White House policy.

"Getting it right in the arctic requires a transparent, disciplined and integrated approach so that we can make sound, long-term planning decisions," he said in a statement.

Critics of domestic energy policy accuse the White House of blocking parts of the continental shelf for oil and natural gas development. A 5-year Interior Department plan calls for 12 lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico and three off the coast of Alaska.

An operational fleet chartered by Shell is docked at Dutch Harbor, Alaska, as it waits for sea ice to clear. The regional conditions mean Shell needs to finish work in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas by October to avoid reforming ice sheets.

Topics: David Hayes
© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
trending
2014: The Year in Music [PHOTOS]

2014: The Year in Music [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
Hershey's new logo launched, compared to emoji poop
2
The 'Home of the Whopper' to keep headquarters in U.S.
3
Canadian media must broadcast official emergency notifications
4
France receives upgraded aerial tanker
5
Kurds raise oil funds for refugees
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback