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Governor Signs Legacy Well Resolution

(ANCHORAGE) – Today the State of Alaska sent a message to Washington D.C. that the time has come to clean up more than 100 contaminated oil and gas well sites in Northern Alaska when Governor Sean Parnell signed House Joint Resolution 29, the NPR-A Legacy Wells resolution this morning in Anchorage.

“Three decades after the federal drilling program stopped the wells remain unplugged,” said Rep. Charisse Millett.  “This is a disgrace that every Alaskan, every American, should be angry about and demand that the BLM immediately create an aggressive cleanup plan for all the Legacy Wells.”

Starting in the 1940’s, the federal government drilled 136 oil and gas wells in the area now known as the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska. Three decades after drilling ceased only nine are capped and cleaned up in accordance with State of Alaska regulations.

Introduced by Rep. Millett during the 2012 legislative session, HJR 29 calls on the federal Bureau of Land Management to honor its mission statement and clean up the drill sites. Some wells are actually leaking natural gas and the drill sites are covered with trash that can harm fish, birds, animals, marine mammals, groundwater and vegetation.

A copy of the resolution and a photo of Governor Parnell signing the resolution with Representative Millett and AOGCC Commissioner Cathy Foerster are included with this news release. Call Representative Millett at 907-269-0222 for more information.

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