The Upcoming Alaska Primary

By: Friday August 15, 2014 3:30 pm

On Tuesday, Alaskan super voters will go to the polls to decide a few important contests. The two most important for the future of the state are the GOP three-way contest to oppose Sen. (D) Mark Begich’s US Senate seat in November, and a voters’ referendum on Alaska’s tax structure for the oil industry.

Unprecedented amounts of money are pouring into our state, which, after decades of GOP and Democratic Party neo-Liberal governance, may be about to enter a huge economic and financial tailspin.

 

List of Questions on Shell’s Alaska 2012 Arctic Drilling Fiasco Grows Longer by the Day

By: Sunday January 6, 2013 7:55 am

Both Rick Steiner and I will be making efforts this coming week to encourage Alaska Democrats to get Sen. Begich to open a U.S. Senate investigation or hearings on this gigantic set of troubling, unanswered questions.

Shell Oil Rig Kulluk Being Ground into Razor Blades on Rocky Alaska Beach, Questions Arise

By: Tuesday January 1, 2013 5:33 pm

Shell claimed at the start of the aborted 2012 drill season to have spent about $4.5 billion on its Alaska Arctic offshore drilling project. This season was quite expensive too, perhaps costing over a billion dollars before this catastrophe. Cleaning up its mess is going to be very expensive. And fighting renewed efforts to keep Shell out of Alaska waters may cost more scores of millions.

FDA Approves Frankenfish – What Could Possibly Go Wrong ….?

By: Wednesday December 26, 2012 3:32 pm

On December 21st, the Food and Drug Administration announced that the first genetically-engineered animal ever approaching approval for public consumption — a hybrid Chinook Salmon-Pouty — has been declared to have “no significant impact” on the environment. As of the 21st, the FDA’s tentative approval of this GMO salmon, called “Frankenfish” by its many detractors, entered a 60-day public comment period.

In Alaska, home of a high percentage of the world’s remaining wild salmon, and a state where fish farming has been banned since 1989, the state’s three national legislators quickly responded to the FDA decision.

Activist Watchdogs Sue Over Non-response on FOIA Seeking Arctic Drilling Testing Safety Records

By: Friday December 21, 2012 6:45 pm

The activist watchdog organization, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), filed suit today in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, against the Federal Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE). The suit, brought under the Freedom of Information Act, seeks to force BSEE to “disclose records wrongfully withheld in failing to respond within the statutory deadline to Plaintiff’s five FOIA requests.”

PEER, along with other parties, has been trying to unravel what happened in September, in Puget Sound, when testing of the containment dome apparatus Shell hoped to deploy in the Arctic later that month failed catastrophically. Although BSEE responded in November to an FOIA request from Seattle’s KUOW Radio, they have not responded to any of the similar requests from PEER. Here’s an extract the environmental NGO’s press release on the suit:

Amidst Arctic Drilling Lies, Shell VP Tells Truth – “There’s no sugar-coating this, I imagine there would be spills”

By: Sunday December 2, 2012 8:45 am

I guess Shell Oil can’t be expected to be more honest than any other oil company. Although one hopes they might be more honest in Alaska than in Nigeria, for instance, that is probably hoping for way too much.

What Really Happened When Shell Oil’s Containment Dome Failed in Puget Sound Last Month? PEER Seeks to Find Out

By: Monday October 15, 2012 6:00 am

Four weeks ago, on Saturday, September 16th, in clear, calm, warm summer weather on Puget Sound, something happened while Shell Oil was testing its new, post-Deepwater Horizon oil blowout containment dome. The dome system was being deployed during a certification test being performed by Shell, its agent in the refurbishment and system makeover of the 35-year-old barge, Arctic Challenger, Superior Marine Technical Services, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE).

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