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My Turn: The changing Arctic presents opportunity to thrive, if we act now

...government missions and increased human activity. At a minimum, new ports and safe harbors, equipment and facilities for oil spill response and additional icebreakers for the U.S. fleet are required for safe maritime traffic in the Arctic.Currently...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2015-09-01/my-turn-changing-arctic-presents-oppo
Opinion
My Turn: Sailing Arctic Seas in the Oval Office

...but still fails to tackle the most dangerous threat - oil spills.The Arctic Council, now chaired by the United States, has identified a heavy fuel oil spill as Arctic shipping's greatest potential threat. This...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2015-08-24/my-turn-sailing-arctic-seas-oval-offi
Opinion
Drilling OK comes just before Obama's visit

...later this month, says he is mindful of the dangers of offshore drilling, particularly given the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill."When it can be done safely and appropriately, U.S. production of oil and natural gas is important," he said...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-08-19/drilling-ok-comes-just-obamas-visit
State
Tribes, public work toward unified voice

...president of the Organized Village of Kake, said, comparing assurances of safety to those prior to the Exxon Valdez oil spill. Frederick Olsen, Jr., tribal vice president of the Organized Village of Kasaan, compared mines next to the Tongass...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2015-08-07/tribes-public-work-toward-unified-voice
Local
Groups want Shell's Arctic plans stopped after ship damaged

...Fennica's role in managing ice, including icebergs, cannot be overlooked."As with its Exploration Plan, Shell's Oil Spill Response Plan requires the Fennica to be present to serve this ice management role whether or not Shell is drilling in...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-07-15/groups-want-shells-arctic-plans-stopped
State
Arctic drilling vessel heading to Oregon for repair

...leases and exploration expenses.Arctic offshore drilling is bitterly opposed by environmental groups that say major oil spills are inevitable in the inhospitable region that features brutal storms and sea ice most of the year. They say oil companies...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-07-14/arctic-drilling-vessel-heading-oregon-r
State
Federal report: Polar bears in peril due to global warming

...the Arctic. They also include protecting the animals' dens from humans and minimizing the risk to polar bears from oil spills.Written comments on the plan will be accepted through Aug. 20.___Online:The report can be found at: http...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-07-03/federal-report-polar-bears-peril-due-gl
State
My Turn: The Shell Game

...lay in several hundred feet of water and oil is found at comparatively low pressures and temperatures. Therefore, an oil spill similar to one that occurred in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 would be extremely unlikely. In fact, in the 1980s and early...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2015-07-09/my-turn-shell-game
Opinion
Gov. signs first tax increase in 10 years

...agency, along with the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Coast Guard, partners with the DEC to clean oil spills in Alaska waters, Hartig said.Through the law, the average Alaska driver will pay about $5 per year in extra taxes...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-06-28/gov-signs-first-tax-increase-10-years
State
In solidarity with Seattle, Juneauites protest Polar Pioneer

...south, and voiced support for "responsible offshore drilling in the Arctic.""Having lived through the Exxon Valdez oil spill, I understand the need for extra precautionary measures when developing our resources in such a pristine environment...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2015-06-19/solidarity-seattle-juneauites-protest-p
Local

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