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Travesty Well Cleanup Funds Approved by U.S. Senate

Sen. Lisa Murkowski Secures 50 million for Well Remediation

Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, Washington, D.C. – Today the United States Senate approved legislation containing $50 million dollars to remediate and properly abandon oil and gas wells drilled by the federal government on current and former land in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.

“For decades BLM managers ignored the contaminated and leaking wells by claiming there wasn’t enough money to do anything about it, now there will be no more excuses,” said Rep. Charisse Millett, R-Anchorage. “Let’s all thank Senator Lisa Murkowski for her leadership on this issue and support her efforts to protect our land.”

Representative Millett and Representative Ben Nageak attended today’s senate floor vote on Capitol Hill. The contaminated wells are located in Nageak’s house district. The funding was included in the Responsible Helium Administration and Stewardship Act (H.R. 527) which also funds other important programs here in Alaska.

Known as Legacy Wells, the wells were renamed Travesty Wells through the passage of House Joint Resolution 6 this year. Legislators wanted to bring attention to the fact the contaminated wells are harming the land, air, wildlife and waters of the arctic. Only 16 of the 136 exploratory wells have been cleaned up and plugged.

Representative Millett has a webpage devoted to the Travesty Well issue full of information, documents and photographs of the contaminated wells. The website address is http://www.housemajority.org/bureau-of-land-management-travesty-wells-in-alaska/

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