7-10-12 - Administration Violates Alaska's Environmental Rules While Advocating "Environmental Cooperation"
Commentary: Alaska Legislator, Representative Charisse Millett (NGP Photo-r), will testify Thursday that the Bureau of Land Management fails to meet environmental standards required of private industry and citizens. She will be joined by Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (AOGCC) Chairman, Kathy Foerster (NGP Photo), whom we credit -- along with her commission colleagues -- with bringing the matter of abandoned, government legacy wells to public attention. We acknowledge that previous administrations, the U.S. Navy and others share blame for littering Alaska with spent oil and gas exploration material and equipment and devoting little attention to legacy wells, regulated by the AOGCC on state as well as federal lands. But for the current administration to move so slowly to properly deal with legacy wells using a specious, "We haven't been funded" argument, is reprehensible. Meanwhile, the hypocrisy is not lost on us that tomorrow U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa P. Jackson will join Canadian Environment Minister Peter Kent and Mexican Environment Secretary Juan Rafael Elvira Quesada in New Orleans, La. for the 19th Annual Council at the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) session. -dh
MEMORIES: 7-10-08, this day four years ago.
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Following the press conference, a copy of Governor Hickel’s Press Release will be e-mailed. __________________________________________________
MEDIA ADVISORY FOR THURSDAY, JULY 10, 2008
Former Governor Walter J. Hickel (NGP Photo) will hold a press conference today, Thursday, July 10th on the gasline decision being addressed by the legislature in special session. The press conference will take place Thursday at 10:00 a.m. at the Hotel Captain Cook, 3rd floor conference room, above Fletcher’s.
Governor Hickel is opposed to granting a license to TransCanada to build a cross-Canada pipeline and strongly favors a state-owned All-Alaska gasline from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez. He believes it is essential that the State, representing all Alaskans, maintains control of North Slope natural gas which is located on State lands and is owned in common by all Alaskans. Governor Hickel will make a statement at 10:00 a.m. and welcome questions. Other supporters of his approach will also attend. For more information, pleasecall Carole Chambers at 343-2201.
Petroleum News by Eric Ledji. Executives at Apache, a large Houston-based independent, said they believe there is as much oil still to be discovered in the Cook Inlet basin as has been produced in the 55 years since the first discovery well. To justify that enthusiasm, Bedingfield offered a glimpse of the ambitious three-year, 3-D seismic program Apache is conducting in the Inlet. He showed investors a strip of data manipulated just enough to keep competitors from recognizing the location.
Australian Climate Madness (7/9/12) reports: “Erica Maliki and her family were burying her father-in-law at Springvale Cemetery when she was told the price per burial plot had increased because of the carbon tax.”