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Begich Lauds Ulmer Appointment to Gulf Oil Spill Commission


U.S. Senator Mark Begich released the following statement after President Obama's appointment of Fran Ulmer, former Alaska Lt. Governor and current UAA Chancellor, to the five-member National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling:

"The President made an excellent choice by naming Alaskan Fran Ulmer to the commission to investigate the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Fran has the perfect mix of qualities needed to get to the bottom of this tragedy and to recommend actions so such a spill doesn't happen again.

"As an attorney, Fran's a tough interrogator. As an elected mayor, legislator and university CEO, she is patient and diplomatic. As lieutenant governor, her administration forced industry to install some of the nation's best oil shipment procedures in Prince William Sound after the Exxon Valdez spill. As chair of the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission, she knows the impacts of development on fisheries. As a member of the special legislative committee on that spill and the first chair of Alaska's Coastal Zone Management Council, she is as knowledgeable as anyone about the aftermath of a massive oil spill and the necessary steps to prevent future spills.

"Fran brings a careful balanced view of development and environmental protection to her years of public service. I am confident she will ably serve our state and nation in this important calling."

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