ANCHORAGE - Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell has asked the state to intervene in a federal lawsuit by environmentalists challenging the approval of an oil exploration plan for the Chukchi Sea.
Parnell said oil exploration and development will increase jobs and revenue for Alaskans and the nation.
The state previously was granted permission to intervene in a separate case filed by many of the same plaintiffs against an exploration plan for the Beaufort Sea.
Alaska Attorney General Dan Sullivan says any oil discovered likely will increase the flow through the trans-Alaska pipeline, which in turn will increase state revenue.
Sullivan also said the investments that a company makes in infrastructure for exploration on federal land can lower the costs for exploration on adjacent state land.