US senator from Alaska suggests budget items to help Arctic drilling

02/18/2013
US Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alas.) has outlined a list of "Arctic priorities" for President Barack Obama, including additional streamlining of Arctic oil and gas permit applications. Begich is chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Oceans, Fisheries, and the Coast Guard. In a letter to Obama regarding budget issues, Begich said he was pleased the administration has worked with him in the past regarding oil and gas permitting issues. "I ask that we protect the gains made and pave the way for further improvements," Begich said. Specifically, he asked Obama to ensure that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Department of Interior, the Environmental Protect...
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