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Governor Parnell Urges Compensation for Displaced OCS Workers


June 17, 2010, Anchorage, Alaska - Governor Sean Parnell today directed Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Click Bishop to work to ensure that Alaskans are included in compensation for oil rig workers left unemployed following President Obama's moratorium on Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) drilling.

"Our prayers are with the families and communities devastated by this tragedy, but it's not just residents in the Gulf Coast region who are suffering from the uncertainty that comes with unemployment," Governor Parnell said. "Hundreds of Alaskans were ready to roll up their sleeves and get to work on Shell's exploration project this summer."

Governor Parnell reacted to a $100 million fund voluntarily established by BP to compensate workers for lost wages from the president's moratorium on offshore drilling.

"This compensation will be only temporary. I look forward to working with our congressional delegation to urge the Obama administration to apply the same rules to Alaska as to the Gulf Coast," the governor said. "Once shallow water drilling is allowed to resume there, we all need to make sure federal agencies treat Arctic OCS activities equally under the law."

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