Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs Oversight Field Hearing on "Alaska’s Sovereignty In Peril: The National Ocean Policy’s Goal to Federalize Alaska"
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 | 10:00 AM
Tags: Federal Lands , Oversight , National Ocean Policy
Subcommittee on Fisheries, Oceans, Wildlife and Insular Affairs
SUBCOMMITTEE ON FISHERIES, OCEANS, WILDLIFE AND INSULAR AFFAIRS
OVERSIGHT FIELD HEARING ON:
The Honorable Don Young
The Honorable Lisa Murkowski
WITNESSES AND TESTIMONY:
The Honorable Reggie Joule
Resource Development Council for Alaska
(Truth in Testimony Form)
Dr. John W. Farrell
The hearing will focus on how President Obama’s plan to mandate ocean zoning through implementation of the National Ocean Policy threatens Alaska’s sovereignty and economic livelihood. President Obama’s National Ocean Policy calls for a new ‘ocean zoning’ authority headed by 9 Federally-dominated Regional Planning Bodies with the ability to reach as far inland as each deems necessary to protect ocean ecosystem health. The Regional Planning Bodies will have no representation by the people, communities and businesses that will actually be impacted by the regulations and will create zoning plans without any stakeholder input. However, all Federal agencies, the States, and the regulated industries will be bound by the plan. Witnesses will testify on the potential economic ramifications of adding more bureaucratic hurdles to resource-dependent industries, adding uncertainty and anxiety to an already cumbersome permitting process.
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