Senator Murkowski Blasts Interior Secretary Over BLM Legacy Wells

This BLM Legacy Well site is unplugged and littered with trash. Environmental groups have used this photo on fundraising materials claiming it was done by a private oil and gas company.

Hi everyone,

We have two great video clips to share with you today courtesy of Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski.

At today’s meeting of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, the Senator drilled Interior Secretary Ken Salazar over his agency’s failure to properly plug and clean up more than 100 abandoned petroleum drill sites in Northern Alaska.

Known as Legacy Wells, they were drilled by the federal government between 1944 and 1982. The Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management is responsible for cleaning up the sites and plugging the wells to the State of Alaska’s strict standards to prevent damage to the arctic ecosystem. The BLM admits it cannot find at least three wells.

Senator Murkowski made it crystal clear to Secretary Salazar that the federal government has no excuse for failing to do what is expected of every private oil and gas company operating on federal land anywhere in the United States.

Click on these two links to watch the video:

My office filed House Joint Resolution 29 last month urging the BLM to finally take responsibility for the well sites by creating a concrete plan to plug the wells, clean up the trash and diesel fuel. The resolution is heading to the house floor for a vote in the days ahead. Click here to read the documents on it:

Senator Murkowski deserves a big thank you from all of us for standing up for Alaska. If you need any more information on the Legacy Wells call our toll free number in Juneau 1-888-269-3879.


Have a great day,


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