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Alaska The Bureau of Land Management will focus on 16 high priority sites as part of its strategy for cleaning up old exploratory wells in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska. Another 34 wells in the 35,635-square mile reserve on Alaska's North
Alaska (AP) A proposal to have the state help pay to clean up abandoned federal well sites in the Alaska arctic is "dead on arrival," U.S...During a subcommittee hearing in Washington, D.C., Murkowski said the responsibility for dealing with the so-
Earlier this year, the state Legislature passed a resolution urging BLM to properly plug and reclaim the well sites as soon as possible, saying they pose "significant risk to surface vegetation, groundwater, fish, land mammals and sea mammals." BLM
This comes as both the Alaska House and Senate have passed a resolution urging BLM to properly plug and reclaim the so-called legacy wells to protect the environment. The House will be asked to agree to changes made to the resolution in the Senate.
The federal government drilled dozens of exploratory wells decades ago and now most of them "sit without attention," falling into the landscape, Murkowski, the committee's top-ranking Republican, said. "It's an environmental scar. And we in Alaska
The comments come in response to an Alaska state legislator's charge that the BLM has neglected the dozens of so-called legacy wells. Rep. Charisse Millett, R-Anchorage, is sponsoring House Joint Resolution 29, which urges the BLM "to plug legacy