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Governor Indignant at Prince William Sound, Prudhoe Bay Spills


December 24, 2009, Juneau, Alaska - Following the oil industry's third significant spill at Prudhoe Bay in one month and th eDec. 23 spill in Prince William Sound, Governor Sean Parnell on Dec. 24 called executives at both BP Exploration and Alyeska Pipeline Service Company to express his deep concern.

"Frankly, when I saw so many spills in such a short time I was indignant that these spills would occur," Governor Parnell said. "The spills harm both Alaska's environment and Alaska's reputation for responsible resource development. I let the companies know this was not acceptable."

The governor noted he has asked the attorney general and commissioners of Environmental Conservation and Natural Resources to review these spills, and to make recommendations early in the year ahead related to spill prevention and enforcement.

The Governor's Office has been informed that the responsible party for the spill has established an Incident Command System, that the state on-scene coordinator is on site with two DEC personnel, and that three more DEC employees are on their way from Anchorage to Valdez to assess the situation and the containment of the spill. DEC officials will work with the U.S. Coast Guard and the Incident Command System. State officials are not aware of any impacts to wildlife at this time.
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