Target: Scott Pruitt, Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency
Goal: Investigate natural gas leak in Alaska.
Over 200,000 cubic feet of natural gas is currently leaking into the Gulf of Alaska from an underwater pipeline each day. The pipeline owner, Hilcorp, has refused to stop the flow of gas, citing equipment and personnel safety concerns. A failure to address the situation may endanger protected species, local ecology and water quality.
The waters around the pipeline are the home of Beluga whales and Stellar Sea Lions, both of which have been designated as endangered species. Several other species in the area are considered “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act. Leaked natural gas threatens these organisms as absorption of gas can significantly disrupt the function of internal organs.
Hilcorp has established a pattern of non-compliance with environmental regulations and enforcement actions. The Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has cited the company 13 times since 2013 for faulty equipment, insufficient safety protocols and lack of internal oversight. Numerous fines have also been issued for the failure to correct issues listed in citations.
It is clear that Hilcorp will not amend its business practices without significant action from the federal government. Please sign the below petition calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to launch an investigation into the Gulf of Alaska natural gas leak.
Dear Mr. Pruitt,
I am writing to demand that the Environmental Protection Agency investigate the natural gas leak in Alaska. Over 200,000 cubic feet of gas is currently leaking into the Gulf of Alaska each day, threatening several endangered wildlife species.
The pipeline owner, Hilcorp, has been fined numerous times for failing to correct faulty equipment or implement adequate safety measures. As administrator for the EPA, you have a responsibility to hold those companies accountable since they are unresponsive to state regulatory agencies.
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