Minnesota congresswoman who opposes opening ANWR to visit the region

Posted: Friday, June 29, 2001

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Minnesota congresswoman will spend her Fourth of July congressional break in Alaska.

Rep. Betty McCollum plans a fact-finding trip to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. She opposes President Bush's plan to open the refuge to oil and gas drilling.

The freshman Democrat serves on the House Resources Committee. She said the trip will give her the information she needs to argue in favor of legislation to protect the area from oil exploration.

McCollum's trip is sponsored by the Alaska Wilderness League, Defenders of Wildlife, the Sierra Club and The Wilderness Society.

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