Report stresses need for national strategy for Arctic development

04/8/2013 | Reuters

A national strategy is necessary to address the environmental issues associated with further energy development in the U.S. Arctic region, according to a report from the Interior Department's Alaska Interagency Working Group. "It is imperative that we reduce redundancies and streamline federal efforts as we safely and responsibly explore and develop Alaska's vast resources while preserving the region's rich ecosystems," said Deputy Interior Secretary David Hayes, chairman of the group. The report was welcomed by both the oil industry and environmentalists.

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