NOIA: Statoil’s Withdrawal from the Alaskan Arctic Indicative of Tough Economic and Regulatory Climate

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Contact: Nicolette Nye, (202) 465-8463, nicolette@nullnoia.org

RandallLuthiwebWashington, D.C.NOIA President Randall Luthi, issued the following statement on Statoil’s decision to exit the Alaskan Arctic:

“Statoil’s decision to withdraw from the Alaskan Arctic is disappointing yet understandable given current tough economic and regulatory conditions. These are challenging times for the oil and gas industry with continued low commodity prices making for hard choices, and I know this was a difficult one for Statoil. The company has a substantial investment in the U.S. Arctic and had hoped to become a producer of both energy and economic growth there for Alaskans and for our nation. Hopefully, another company will step in to fill the void left by Statoil, but given the harsh economic climate and the difficulty obtaining lease extensions, the outlook is rather bleak.”

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