Interior will take ‘second look’ at allowing road through Alaskan refuge

Murkowski said she had talks Wednesday night with current Interior Secretary Ken Salazar about whether to allow the road through the Izembek National Wildife Refuge.

“I’m pleased that Secretary Salazar has agreed to take a second look at this. I look forward to working with Interior to ensure the department fulfills its native trust responsibilities to the people of King Cove,” she said.

The proposed road would provide residents of the Aleutian village of King Cove with access to an all-weather airport in Cold Bay.

From Murkowski’s office:

“Under the agreement, the Interior Department will look at whether the environmental impact statement (EIS) by the Fish and Wildlife Service adequately considered the importance of protecting the human health and safety of the residents of King Cove.”

Murkowski and other GOP senators have not ruled out placing a procedural “hold” on Murkowski’s nomination later in the process due to various concerns.

Click here for earlier E2-Wire coverage of the controversy over the refuge.