Interior Department to Gather Info On Offshore Drilling Plans

The Interior Department plans to spend the next six months gathering information about offshore drilling’s impacts in Alaska’s arctic waters.  Secretary Ken Salazar announced the plan on Tuesday to compile existing research – and find the gaps in knowledge – about the effects of oil and gas development.  It comes in the wake of the Obama Administration decision two weeks ago to designate some parts of Alaska’s coastline as off-limits to development, like Bristol Bay. Salazar says the Interior Department will pull together information on development in the Arctic Seas, in what he called an “orderly and scientific approach.”

Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC

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