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Rep. Millett Pushes ANWR Legislation on Capitol Hill

Also Meets with BLM Officials about Cleaning Up Legacy Wells in NPR-A

(JUNEAU) – Rep. Charisse Millett, R-Anchorage, returned recently from a successful trip to Washington DC to garner support for opening the 10-02 Area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to responsible oil and gas exploration. Rep. Millett was invited by Arctic Power to discuss ANWR with Congressman Doc Hastings, Chairman of the House Resources Committee. Congressman Hastings is a strong supporter on Capitol Hill for opening the refuge. Rep. Millett also met with twelve other representatives still undecided on ANWR.   

“Several of the representatives told me it was the first time they met with an Alaskan in their office about energy issues,” said Rep. Charisse Millett. “My two days on Capitol Hill on behalf of Alaskans was a great success and the factual information I shared with the representatives about ANWR was well received. I was honored to deliver Alaska’s message on opening up the 10-02 Area to Chairman Hastings in person and sit down with him to thank him for his hard work on behalf of Alaska’s issues.”

Millett delivered letters in support of ANWR to Congressman Hastings from the Alaska Senate, the Resource Development Council of Alaska and others. She also met with staff for the House Natural Resources Committee.

The United States House of Representatives is scheduled to hold a floor vote on the American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act as early as next week. The bill creates jobs in three ways.

•             Offshore Energy Production – Opens new offshore areas to oil and gas exploration and production from Alaska, the Gulf of Mexico and the east coast.

•             ANWR – Opens the 10-02 Area to environmentally responsible oil and gas exploration and production and triggers the creation of thousands of new jobs in Alaska.

•             Shale Oil – The United States holds about half of the world’s known shale oil deposits. The legislation promotes shale technology research and lays down rules for shale oil development. Tens of thousands of new jobs will be created by opening federal lands to shale oil production.

Alaskans are encouraged to contact members of Congress and encourage them to vote yes on the American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act.

Representative Millett also sat down with Bureau of Land Management officials in the nation’s capital to discuss when the agency plans to plug and clean up more than a hundred Legacy Well sites in the National Petroleum Reserve - Alaska. The oil and gas wells were drilled between 1944 and 1981 by the federal government. BLM is responsible for plugging the wells and protecting the fragile arctic ecosystem. BLM officials did not make any commitments to address the environmental threat.

A hearing on HJR 29, sponsored by Rep. Millett was held in the House Resources Committee yesterday. The resolution urges BLM to live up to its responsibility to correctly plug the wells and clean up the sites before more environmental damage occurs.

For more information, contact Representative Millett at (907) 465-6588. Reporters outside of Juneau can call the toll free number at (888) 269-3879.

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