JUNEAU - Alaska's governor is opposing creation of a citizens' advisory council to weigh in on Arctic drilling proposals.
Gov. Sean Parnell says the proposal approved by a U.S. Senate committee Tuesday is unnecessary and would merely create another level of review and oversight to oil and gas development off Alaska's coast. Parnell says there's a "rigorous" existing regulatory framework in place, and his office chided U.S. Sen. Mark Begich, an Anchorage Democrat, for not consulting with Parnell or his staff before pushing the proposal.
A Begich spokeswoman didn't immediately return a message.
The provision, which Begich's office says cleared the Senate Commerce Committee, would allow for greater local participation on development decisions, environmental monitoring and oversight for spill planning and readiness.