24 May '12, 11am

Tremors of Anxiety Over Arctic Drilling

Tremors of Anxiety Over Arctic Drilling

Jim Wilson/The New York Times Edward Itta, a former North Slope Borough mayor, with a skinboat frame near Barrow’s whalebone arch. He says he is beginning to rue some of the concessions he helped negotiate with Shell on its drilling plan. As John Broder and I write in Thursday’s Times , the Obama administration is backing Shell’s audacious efforts to open Alaska’s Arctic waters to oil drilling. The plan offers the promise of greater national energy security, the thinking goes, and economic benefits for Alaskans. But the Inupiat Eskimos who live closest to the drilling on the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas, who are the most likely to benefit economically, are also most likely to suffer if there is an oil spill. Villagers in windswept Barrow fear that Shell’s seismic work and drilling will disturb the bowhead whale migration, forcing whales away from their food and whalers danger...

Full article: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/24/tremors-of-anxi...

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