Assessing U.S. Preparedness and Response in the Arctic: the Opportunities and Challenges of Increased Marine Activity, Field Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, United States Senate, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, First Session, March 27, 2013 [open pdf - 572KB]
This is the March 27, 2013 hearing, "Assessing U.S. Preparedness and Response in the Arctic: the Opportunities and Challenges of Increased Marine Activity" before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard. From the testimony of Tommy P. Beaudreau: "I would like to start by emphasizing the strategic and economic importance of the Alaskan Arctic to the United States. The U.S. Arctic Outer Continental Shelf holds tremendous energy resource potential. For example, my agency, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, estimates that the Chukchi Sea contains more than 15 billion barrels of undiscovered recoverable oil, which is second only to the central Gulf of Mexico in terms of its offshore conventional energy potential. The United States is a leader among Arctic nations in evaluating the economic and energy potential of safe and environmentally responsible offshore oil and gas development in the Arctic, as well as the multitude of challenges facing the region, including the consequences of rapid climate change. It is essential that the United States understand the resource potential of the Arctic, and offshore oil and gas exploration has a key role in developing that understanding." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Tommy P. Beaudreau, Thomas P. Ostebo, Peter E. Slaiby, Helen Brohl, Edward Page, Eleanor Huffines, Matt Ganley, and Jack Omelak.
S. Hrg. 113-116; Senate Hearing 113-116
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