Senate votes to send ANWR message

Posted: Friday, February 07, 2003

JUNEAU (AP) -- The state Senate voted Friday to send its biannual message to Congress asking that the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge be opened to oil drilling.

The resolution is a routine exercise each new Legislature has gone through for years.

It urges Congress to open the coastal plan of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas exploration, development and production.

The vote was 15-1. Sen. Kim Elton, D-Juneau, voted against it.

The resolution now goes to the House.

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