GAO: Regulators must ensure N. Slope cleanup capability

US regulators should ensure that producers are financially prepared to clean up any drilling and production-related damage to Alaskan North Slope public lands before new exploration is allowed to begin, a new report by the General Accounting Office said.Last year Democratic leaders who oppose proposals by the administration of President George W. Bush and Republican congressional leaders to drill on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge coastal plain called on GAO to consider the long-term environmental ramifications of Alaska oil exploration and development (OGJ Online, Mar. 16, 2001).House Minority Leader Dick Gephardt (D-Mo.), Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.), ranking minority member of the Ho...

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