Heinrich To Participate In Senate Hearing On Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Tomorrow, Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 7:30 a.m. MT/ 9:30 a.m. ET, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) will question key officials during a Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing on the potential for oil and gas exploration and development in the non-wilderness portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. There will be three witness panels. The first panel will include witness testimony from Alaskan elected officials. The second panel will consist of Alaskan tribal government officials, Alaska’s Lieutenant Governor and a federal representative from the Fish and Wildlife Services. The third panel will consist of expert witnesses from various corporations, non-profits and experts in Alaskan wildlife. 

Senator Heinrich is an original cosponsor of legislation to designate a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as wilderness and recently called for the removal of Arctic Refuge drilling from the Republican budget.

The hearing will be streamed live on the committee’s website

WHO: U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich 

HEARING TOPIC:  Hearing on Potential Oil & Gas Exploration in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge


Panel 1

The Honorable Dan Sullivan, United States Senator 
The Honorable Don Young, United States Congressman 
The Honorable Bill Walker, Governor State of Alaska 

Panel 2

The Honorable Byron Mallott, Lieutenant GovernorState of Alaska 
Mr. Greg Sheehan, Principal Deputy Director, Fish & Wildlife Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
Mr. Samuel Alexander, Tribal Member, Gwichyaa Zhee Gwich’in Tribal Government
Mr. Matthew Rexford, Tribal Administrator, Native Village of Kaktovik 

Panel 3

Mr. Aaron Schutt, President and CEO, Doyon, Ltd.
Ms. Lois Epstein PE, Arctic Program Director, The Wilderness Society
Mr. Richard Glenn, Executive Vice President, Land & Natural Resources, Arctic Slope Regional Corporation
Mr. Pat Pourchot, Former Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Interior for Alaska Affairs, Anchorage
Dr. Matthew Cronin, Biologist and Former Research Professor, Animal Genetics, University of Alaska Fairbanks

WHEN: Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 7:30 a.m. MT/9:30 a.m. ET

WHERE:  Dirksen Senate Office Building Room 366 and via livestream