Statement on ANWR Drilling Vote

Feb 8, 2012 Issues: Energy and Environment

Washington, D.C.– Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa (HI-01) released the following statement after the House Committee on Natural Resources approved a bill that would open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to drilling. Hanabusa voted no on the measure.

"I could not support legislation that would essentially open up the entire Coastal Plain of ANWR to oil and gas development. I believe the native people, the Kaktovik Inupiat Corporation as well as the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation, should have the right to self-determination and the right to decide whether or not they want to develop their own land. If the bill limited development to the native people, I may have voted differently," Hanabusa said.  

The bill, which will be part of a larger transportation-infrastructure package, is now headed to the House Floor for a vote.

ANWR, located in northeastern Alaska, is the largest National Wildlife Refuge in the country.