Views of the Marine Engineers, Teamsters and Laborers
Marine Engineers ‘ Beneficial Association (MEBA)
Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association (MEBA) President
Lawrence H. O’Toole noted the significance of ANWR development
to the members of his union.
“The Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association supports opening the
coastal plain of ANWR for oil exploration,” O’Toole said in a statement.
development is of great importance to the future of
maritime industry, particularly its tanker fleet.”
O’Toole applauded ANWR development for addressing both the energy
and national security needs of the nation.
“ANWR offers not only improved energy security for this country,
but decades of new cargoes for the U.S.-flag merchant marine,
which provides vital sealift for our national defense. Chairman
Murkowski, and the other co-sponsors of this initiative are to be
thanked for this legislation that will strengthen our energy policy
and bolster our sealift capability.”
“The administration’s plan to explore ANWR will actually have
both environmental and economic benefits,” said Jerry Hood,
Teamsters Special Assistant on Energy Policy. “We have now garnered
support for ANWR exploration from individuals who have dedicated
their lives to the protection of natural resources and environmental
environmental laws in the world. Let’s explore ANWR and put those
laws to good use.”
The Teamsters and other labor groups support the inclusion of oil
and gas leasing on the coastal plain of ANWR in the SAFE Act of 2001.
legislation would create 735,000 new jobs. Teamsters in
would benefit by the creation of more than 25,000 new jobs in
maintenance and support of the project. Hood said he is confident
the House of Representatives will vote to approve ANWR oil
Laborers International Union General President Terence O'Sullivan
Consider all of the following:
nation's domestic oil. Opening ANWR could boost that figure to more
than 50%. New drilling technologies have lessened the oil industry's
footprint by increasing the length of directional drills and allowing for
smaller and more
compact production pads. If
today, it would affect an area of land 64% smaller.
As many as 735,000 good-paying jobs could be created across
the country by opening ANWR, 130,000 in construction alone. And
best of all, Alaskans themselves support drilling in ANWR by a margin