Sullivan wants Interior Secretary to address ‘critical issues’ for Alaska

JUNEAU, Alaska (KTUU) – In his annual address to a joint session of the Alaska Legislative Assembly, Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, spoke about four “critical issues” he wants to hear from the secretary at Interior Deb Haaland during her visit to Alsace this week.

North Slope Borough Mayor Harry Brower Jr. and Sullivan wrote an opinion piece in the Anchorage Daily News last week making a similar request:

  • That oil and gas lease sales continue in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. For the Biden administration to “honour its commitment” to support the Willow project so that development work begins next winter.
  • Show your support for the proposed 11-mile King Cove Road to Cold Bay through Izembek National Wildlife Refuge.
  • Support Vietnam War-era Alaska Native veterans who missed out on land allotments.

Sullivan voteas well as fellow Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski to confirm Haaland as Secretary of the Interior Department in 2021. Since then, he has been highly critical of the Biden administration’s energy policies, saying the president has an agenda. anti-Alaska.

Asked if he regretted his confirmation vote for Haaland, Sullivan said Tuesday that his “vote for her was not some kind of endorsement.

“My vote for her was to try to work with her in good faith to build a relationship because the Secretary of the Interior is so important to Alaska,” he continued.

Nearly 3,000 Vietnam-era Alaska Native veterans have missed out on their rightful land allotments. Sullivan said he expects Haaland to unveil a new policy during his trip to Alaska addressing the issue.

Both Murkowski and Sullivan wrote to him last week, urging him not to seek another environmental review process because both senators say that would further delay the completion of land allotments.

“If she comes out here and announces an EA for those Alaskan vets, my answer would be 100% yes, I’m sorry,” Sullivan said of her confirmation vote for Haaland.

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