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Millett Unveils Travesty Wells Informational Website

Website provides Alaskans with information on BLM’s devastating wells

Thursday, May 16, 2013, Anchorage, Alaska – Today Representative Charisse Millett unveiled her new Travesty Well website. The purpose of the website is to provide Alaskans with the latest information on the status of 136 oil and gas wells drilled by the federal government in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska from 1944 to 1981.

“Alaskans are fed up with the delays and excuses coming from the Bureau of Land Management,” Millett, R-Anchorage, said. “The only legacy BLM has as far as these wells are concerned is mismanagement and environmental neglect. Anyone interested in preserving Alaska’s natural beauty can use this website to learn about the history of the wells and to track what if any progress BLM is making to plug and cleanup the sites.”

The recently proposed 2014 U.S. Department of the Interior budget shows an earnest cleanup effort being put forward, but the department plans on paying for the efforts by using Alaska’s share of the oil and gas revenue from NPR-A, effectively stealing from the State of Alaska. “We cannot and will not stand for the federal government using the state’s revenue to clean up their mess,” Millett said.

Senator Lisa Murkowski recently told Interior Department Secretary Sally Jewell that proposal was “dead on arrival.”

Known today as “legacy” wells by the BLM, the Alaska Legislature decided the term was misleading and named them “travesty” wells through the passage of House Joint Resolution 6 last month. The resolution urges BLM to follow its mission statement and protect the reserve through an aggressive well cleanup plan.

Click here to view the website:  http://www.housemajority.org/bureau-of-land-management-travesty-wells-in-alaska/

New materials and information will be posted to the website as it becomes available so be sure to check back frequently.

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