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Fracking Opens Dangerous Door in Cook Inlet

Fracking Opens Dangerous Door in Cook Inlet

Posted by Bob Shavelson at May 06, 2016 06:21 PM |

BlueCrest Energy has proposed a fracking program at its Cosmopolitan Unit north of Anchor Point. The fracking target is about a mile and half deep, and over two miles offshore, so there’s little risk to drinking or surface waters. And BlueCrest plans to dispose of its fracking fluid wastewater in a regulated Class II disposal well on the Upper Peninsula. The BlueCrest fracking project has attracted considerable attention, but from Inletkeeper’s perspective, the greatest problems posed by more oil development don’t involve fracking in deep, offshore formations. Rather, the fact there’s zero production tax on Cook Inlet oil, on top of massive tax credits, means we’re almost giving away our publicly-owned resource. Furthermore, Inletkeeper sees climate change as the greatest threat to our people and planet, and we believe all oil and gas development has to stop so we can transition to a post-carbon economy around renewable energy.

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Warm Winters bring Unwelcomed Aphids

Warm Winters bring Unwelcomed Aphids

Posted by Sue Mauger at Apr 06, 2016 08:56 PM |

Spruce trees that survived the bark beetle infestation years ago may now have to face off with the spruce aphid.

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BOG Needs to Hear Support for Critical Habitat Areas

BOG Needs to Hear Support for Critical Habitat Areas

Posted by Bob Shavelson at Mar 09, 2016 02:44 PM |

The Board of Game will soon consider a management plan for the Dude Creek Critical Habitat Area which will shape the future of Alaska’s critical habitat areas, fish and game refuges and wildlife sanctuaries for years to come. And we need you to weigh-in by March 16….

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Take Action: Wild Salmon Need Water

Take Action: Wild Salmon Need Water

Posted by Bob Shavelson at Feb 23, 2016 06:40 PM |

Wild salmon define who we are as Alaskans; they shape our cultures, they feed our families and they support our local economies. Yet today, Alaska’s laws and rules contain few hard and fast safeguards to protect the water and other habitat salmon need to thrive. More specifically, there is no requirement to retain sufficient water in our lakes and streams for salmon when a company wants to appropriate that water for an industrial or other use.

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Turnagain Arm, the northeast arm of Cook Inlet is one of only about 60 bodies of water worldwide to exhibit a tidal bore. The bore may be more than six feet high and travel at 15 miles per hour on high spring tides.

Turnagain Arm sees the largest tidal range in United States, with a mean of 30 feet (9.2 m), and the fourth highest in the world, behind Bay of Fundy (38ft/11.7m), Ungava Bay (32ft/9.75m), and Bristol Channel (31.5ft/9.6m).

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