Washington, D.C. Sen. Frank Murkowski, R-Alaska, pitched development of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee but a fellow senator said the panel should move on.

“I hope we don’t get caught up dancing on the head of this pin
called ANWR,” North Dakota Democrat Byron Dorgan said Thursday.
“Frankly, ANWR is not going to happen in this Congress. There is so
much more we can do.”

Murkowski responded by arguing the merits of opening the area.
The refuge, considered by advocates as the best prospect in the
United States for a major oil strike, is an essential part of any
national energy policy, he said. Murkowski got some help from
Interior Secretary Gale Norton, who asserted that the work could be
done without harming the Porcupine Caribou Herd.

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