State wants Legislature to approve $10 million to jump-start ANWR exploration

The Walker administration wants the Legislature to approve a $10 million budget request that would allow Alaska to partner with other entities on a seismic shoot to enhance the search for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

The state's investment would pay for itself by attracting companies to bid on leases in the refuge, said Natural Resources Commissioner Andy Mack, speaking to the Senate Finance Committee on Monday.

In December, the Republican-controlled Congress and President...

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