"The Radical Green's at EPA are Americas Energy Enemy !"
Shell Oil announced Thursday that it's abandoning efforts to drill in icy waters off Alaska’s northern coast this year, a decision that prompted Alaska's senators to accuse the Obama administration of blocking access to large domestic supplies.The company’s plans to drill in Arctic waters have long been under attack from environmental groups. The Interior Department, after the BP oil spill, halted the oil giant’s plan to drill in 2010.
“We have been working rigorously for the past five years to meet and exceed all the regulatory and permitting requirements in Alaska. However, despite our investment in acreage and technology and our work with stakeholders, we have not been able to drill a single exploration well,” Voser said in an earnings call this morning. “Despite our best efforts, critical permits continue to be delayed, and the timeline for getting these permits is still uncertain.”
“The EPA’s refusal, or simple inability, to issue key permits in a timely fashion is indefensible,” Murkowski said in a statement. “Shell has now invested roughly $4 billion and five years attempting to get the permits it needs, without success.”
“New supplies of oil are essential to keeping the trans-Alaska pipeline in operation,” Murkowski added. “While my home state stands ready to do its part to keep energy affordable and to right the economy, the federal government continues to stand in our way.”
Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) is irked at the Obama administration, too. “I put the blame for this squarely on the EPA and the Obama Administration who have taken virtually every opportunity to block responsible development of Alaska’s resources," he said in a statement, alleging the decision means the loss of 800 jobs and other "indirect" employment.