Yesterday, the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC) kicked off its 2012 Annual Meeting in San Antonio with a video presentation by Governor Sean Parnell (NGP Photo-L). Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission Chairman Cathy Foerster reported on the Interior Department’s (DOI) failure to obey Alaska’s oil and gas environmental and conservation rules and statutes within the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A). The Agency has not directed nor funded the Bureau of Land Management (BLM is the federal landlord responsible for NPR-A) to properly plug and clean up drilling sites of several score federal government oil wells in the NPRA-A. This lack of environmental consciousness is especially hypocritical and frustrating to Alaska in view of the Interior Department’s actions to block or delay Alaska oil and gas development in NPR-A and other areas, Foerster said. Alaska Attorney General Michael Geraghty (NGP Photo) endorsed Foerster’s NPR-A message and briefed the nation’s oil and gas conservation officials on other instances of federal government overreaching jurisdiction in Alaska.
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