Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage A new report from the Government Accountability Office – or GAO – raises questions about Shell’s plan to drill exploratory wells in the Arctic Ocean this summer. The report, released Friday, finds the Interior Department has strengthened oversight of oil and gas operators since the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Daysha Eaton, KSKA – Anchorage It’s elections season in Anchorage… and you can’t drive around the city without seeing signs for Incumbent Mayor Dan Sullivan and challenger Paul Honeman. But there are actually six candidates running for Mayor.
Angela Denning-Barnes, KYUK – Bethel Hydropower is common in some parts of state, but there are no such projects in western or southwest Alaska. That could change though as oil prices, and in turn energy prices, continue to rise.
Mark Arehart, KYUK – Bethel
Matt Lichtenstein, KFSK – Petersburg
Federal officials say they are trying to clarify rules for Alaskan Natives’ use of sea otters. A draft set of guidelines from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is aimed at addressing some of the confusion over what’s allowed. It’s been a frustrating situation for Native hunters and artisans who say the government has discouraged them from using the animals.
Savoonga Residents Hear From National Expert on Environmental Human Rights Violations
Matthew Smith, KNOM – Nome
Alaska Community Action on Toxics, or ACAT, was in Savoonga last week offering workshops on advancing environmental justice and human rights. And they brought with them a Louisiana lawyer who represents another heavily polluted community that’s bringing the federal government to international court for environmentally-based human rights violations.