Governor Lauds Mobilization at Point Thomson
Governor Sarah Palin lauded news that ExxonMobil has mobilized the movement of equipment, materials, and components of the Nabors 27E drilling rig out to a staging area near the Point Thomson pad. The equipment is being moved across a fifty mile ice road from Deadhorse.
"ExxonMobil is in the process of meeting the commitment it made to Commissioner Tom Irwin to drill two wells on two leases," Governor Palin said. "We held Exxon to their long-held commitment to develop in Point Thomson because our state and nation are counting on Alaska's energy supplies to secure us. This is great progress. It confirms that the decision we made to adhere to commitments and the state constitution is correct. It's all about protecting Alaska while working with the oil industry to responsibly and ethically develop Alaska's rich resources."
The governor is optimistic that the two-well drilling program that ExxonMobil has promised to complete by the end of next winter will mean more jobs for Alaskans and more work for Alaskan contractors. Activities related to the mobilization effort have employed 250 in Alaska, along with 60 contractors and companies.