Murkowski makes videotape to counter opposition to ANWR drilling

Posted: Wednesday, October 18, 2000

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sen. Frank Murkowski has come up with an answer to those who oppose drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge's coastal plain.

The senator has released a 21-minute video that he is making available to civic and community groups nationwide. The video can be viewed on the senator's Web site at

The tape portrays oil development in Alaska, the impacts of Prudhoe Bay and the potential effects and benefits of new development.

Murkowski's staff began work on the tape six months ago when it became clear that the cost of energy was going to become a national issue, the senator said in a news release. Murkowski blames current high prices, in part, on low domestic oil production.

The tape was produced for a special edition of the Alaska delegation's weekly public affairs television program, ''The Alaska Report.''

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