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Alaskan Call to Action: Schedule Yourself For 8 a.m. Next Thursday!

PNA, by Gary Park: There is no need to ban drilling in Canadian coastal waters....

Commentary. The Federal agency below (BOEM) will advise Interior Secretary Ken Salazar (NGP Photo) on the future of Alaska OCS development. This development involves the potential of 30,000 jobs per year, increased life for the Trans Alaska Pipeline, potential Federal revenue sharing and economic support for an Alaska gas pipeline.  In short, next week's meeting will influence the entire economic health and future of Alaska.  It is especially vital that Alaskan legislators, mayors and assembly members attend.  It would be too, too sad if scores of oil company employees did not take a few hours of vacation time to show up as private citizens and support the continuation of their employment.  The future of teachers, preachers, government employees, non-profit corporations and even news media owners and employees hangs in the balance.  See this June 23rd Senate Appropriations Committee interrogation of Secretary Salazar and Director Michael R. Bromwich, particularly Senator Lisa Murkowski's questioning.  You will be able to provide comments, both on comment cards and electronically, at the event.  Even if your comment is as simple as, "I support expeditious approvals of Alaskan OCS projects," or, "I strenuously oppose approval of Alaskan OCS projects," it will be counted.  It will make a difference.  Alaskans should vote for the candidates of their choice in next Tuesday's Primary...and for their families at the BOEM Forum next Thursday.    -dh (Dave Harbour, Publisher, Northern Gas Pipelines)

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Director Bromwich to Host Forums in California and Alaska to Discuss Drilling and Workplace Safety, Spill Response

Experts from Academia, Industry and Environmental Organizations to Give Presentations

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEM) today announced that Director Michael R. Bromwich will hold the next two events in a series of fact-finding forums in Santa Barbara, Calif. and Anchorage, Alaska the week of August 23, 2010.  The forums are designed to collect information and views about deepwater drilling safety reforms, well containment, and oil spill response, which Director Bromwich will consider in evaluating whether to recommend any modifications to the scope or duration of the deepwater drilling suspensions announced by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on July 12, 2010. 

During these forums, Director Bromwich will be briefed by panels of experts from academia, the environmental community, and the oil and gas industry on technical issues related to drilling and workplace safety, and oil spill response.  The forums also will provide an opportunity for input from federal, state, local and tribal leaders on these same issues.

The forums will be open to the public.  Members of the public will be encouraged to submit comments via forms provided at the forums, by mail or online. 

Additional forums will be held in September in the following cities: Biloxi, Miss., Houston, Texas and Lafayette, La.  For more information, go to www.boemre.gov/forums.

What:                Forums on Offshore Drilling

Who:                 Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement Director Michael R. Bromwich

August 26, 2010: Anchorage, Alaska

Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center
555 West Fifth Avenue
Anchorage, AK 

Doors open at 7 A.M., event begins at 8 A.M.

NOTE: All media will be required to provide government-issued identification and press credentials at the registration area.  All cameras must be pre-set no later than 30 minutes prior to event start.

-BOEMRE-

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