August 12, 2008

New Survey Finds Alaskans Support Increased Access to Domestic Oil and Natural Gas Resources

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Aug. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The majority of Alaskans support increased access to domestic oil and natural gas resources, a new survey finds.

"These latest numbers are indicative of increased public sentiment nationwide and closely mirror the findings of recent national polls. Like most Americans nationwide, Alaskans are also feeling the pain of escalating fuel costs and increasingly support developing domestic oil and natural gas resources," said Marilyn Crockett, executive director of the Alaska Oil and Gas Association (AOGA). "While public support is growing, inaction by Congress is preventing the advancement of a balanced energy policy that includes more domestic development, more energy efficiency and conservation and the use of all energy resources."

The poll was conducted by telephone between July 10 and July 16, 2008 by Harris Interactive and commissioned by the American Petroleum Institute. The survey of 507 registered Alaska voters who are likely to vote in the upcoming presidential election found 69 percent of those surveyed said they somewhat or strongly support increased access to domestic oil and natural gas resources. Only 19 percent of respondents said they opposed increased access.

"We remain committed to securing the nation's energy future and look forward to working with all levels of government to deliver a comprehensive energy roadmap that calls for increased domestic development that's environmentally responsible," said Crockett. "Congress needs to lift the long-standing ban on offshore development in the Lower 48."

Currently, Congress is blocking the exploration and development of abundant oil and natural gas reserves beneath non-park federal lands and coastal waters. Advanced technology means America's oil and natural gas companies can efficiently explore for these resources while protecting the environment. Based on federal government data, these resources could provide enough oil to fuel more than 65 million cars for 60 years and enough natural gas to heat 60 million homes for 160 years.

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