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So there's a battle raging over America's energy future in Washington the feds are granting some permits for drilling in the National Petroleum Reserve.
And Alaska but some are arguing they're not approving the roads and bridges.
Need to support that -- I Dan Springer is live in Seattle with more on this story -- And -- is that's important for people know we're talking about the National Petroleum Reserve as a 23000008.
He's a land up in Alaska's north slope.
That was designated for the purpose of oil production in 1923.
By president Warren G.
Harding but there's not a single well -- there.
Partly because access is very difficult due to the cold bill Revver.
It's river it is frozen most of the year -- -- proposed to build a bridge over the river silicon easily get to the -- it owns in the reserve.
And more importantly get the oil out in the pipeline sounds simple enough but the Army Corps of Engineers rejected the bridge say it was potentially damaging to the ecosystem.
If -- about protection agency which does -- the cold bill resource of national importance.
Push for the court to nix the bridge and Green groups were thrilled.
It's a very important.
Area for sure birds it has -- large.
Variety of habitat for fish species.
But the only people who live anywhere near the proposed bridge the 400 residents of the native village of -- wakes it almost universally support the development.
It would bring much needed jobs and make them an oil hub -- -- -- -- -- -- at 38%.
It would also keep oil flowing in the great Alaska pipeline the reserve.
Has an estimated 900 million barrels of oil.
-- Phillips says it would be able to produce up to 181000.
Barrels a day.
And you talk about remote it would took us eight hours and four flights to get there from Seattle the nearest city about 200 miles away.
Alaska's lone congressman says drilling there should be a no brainer.
We have to start listen to the logic and not much logic in this body or logic -- those interest groups.
Don't know what this country the regressed -- -- court.
And congress have been young may get his wish the Army Corps of Engineers just sent a letter to Alaska delegation.
Lawmakers state of Alaska saying that it's going to reconsider its opposition to the bridge so we may know in the coming weeks that they -- going to allow drilling in what is called the national petroleum.
-- -- the name comes full circle really interesting and good reminder.
That you just don't get the permitting can start drilling that there's a whole infrastructure needs to be in place to do it -- Interesting story general continue to watch it how many planes for claims.
-- -- -- Lights -- dollars and that villages so tiny you know it -- the frozen tundra that -- -- that Lambeau Field in Green today.
This -- -- the frozen tundra -- and nearly 40% employment wow Dan thank you.
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