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.

“ANWR development is of great importance to the future of America’s

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


     “America needs expanded energy resources and ANWR provides

them,” Hood said. “The United States had some of the most stringent

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.

The legislation would create 735,000 new jobs. Teamsters in Alaska

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: Alaska currently provides 25% of the

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 Prudhoe Bay were built

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

of 3-1.