21 December 2005 19:38 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS news)--Congress on Wednesday rejected an attempt to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) in northern ?xml:namespace>
The Senate voted 56-44 not to end debate on a Department of Defense appropriations bill that would have allowed ANWR drilling. Republican leaders needed sixty votes to end the Democrat-led filibuster. Due to the vote, they were expected to drop ANWR from the bill.
Associations representing the
The US Geological Survey has estimated that ANWR may hold 39-83trn cubic feet of gas and 6-13bn bbl of oil. The
The state of Alaska and oil companies are negotiating terms for the construction of a gas pipeline to move Prudhoe Bay’s 35trn cubic feet of gas to the Lower 48 states. That $20bn line also could be used to move ANWR gas to market.
Both chambers of Congress have approved ANWR drilling at separate times this year. In November the Senate allowed exploration as part of a budget bill. Key House Republicans forced the provision to be removed.
This month, at the urging of Senator Ted Stevens (Republican-Alaska), Senate and House negotiators added ANWR to the “must-pass” $453bn (Euro383bn) defence spending bill, which the House approved 308-106 on Monday.
The American Petroleum Institute lamented the Senate vote. “ANWR’s development, coupled with other American oil and natural gas supplies, greater energy efficiency, conservation and diversification, would have a far-reaching, positive impact on US consumers,” it said.
The Sierra Club said: “Americans want real energy solutions that protect special places like the arctic refuge.”
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