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Murkowski say environmentalists stifle development

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) -- Former Alaska Gov. Frank Murkowski says "extreme environmentalists" are to blame for stifling development in the state.

Murkowski suggested the Obama administration isn't pursuing development on federal lands because of the environmental lobby.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports (http://bit.ly/ZHPBGW ) Murkowski made his comments during a chamber of commerce luncheon on Tuesday.

Murkowski said the federal government has been resistant to developing oil, gas or timber on its lands. He said the oil boom in the Lower 48 has occurred almost exclusively on private land. He says that isn't possible in Alaska.

Murkowski is a former U.S. senator who served as governor from 2002-2006. He is the father of U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski.