In a press release issued on Wednesday, CEA applauded the State of Alaska’s announcement that it would split the cost of assessing the resource potential of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge 1002 area, calling it a clarion example of how the state and federal government can coordinate to the benefit of the energy consumer.  Earlier last week, Alaska Governor Sean Parnell and Alaska Natural Resources Commissioner Dan Sullivan announced that the State of Alaska would fund up to $50 million to conduct an Oil & Gas Resource Evaluation & Exploration Proposal for the ANWR 1002 Area.  CEA President David Holt stated in part that “[a] coordinated effort between Alaska and the U.S. Department of Interior will give all interests a clear view of the facts,” adding that “[g]ood information regarding energy resource potential can ensure policy makers strike a productive balance for development and conservation.”