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Governor Issues Statement on Kulluk

January 8, 2013, Anchorage, Alaska – Governor Sean Parnell issued the following statement regarding the drill rig Kulluk’s safe arrival at Kiliuda Bay:

“We appreciate those who worked diligently, across multiple agencies, to ensure the Kulluk’s safe arrival at Kiliuda Bay. The temporary grounding of the Kulluk was unfortunate, and we commend all who strove to ensure that people and the environment remained safe during the response effort.

“Some anti-drilling organizations are using this transportation mishap to demand an immediate halt to offshore drilling. We disagree. Many wells have been safely drilled in the Arctic Outer Continental Shelf, and the development of offshore oil production is a critical part of our energy future. We believe it is strongly in the state’s and the nation’s interest that we continue to responsibly explore the vast hydrocarbons known to be available in the shallow waters of the Arctic OCS.”

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