For me the recognizable footprints of a culture of over consumption that dot the American West is a reminder of the incredible opportunity that exists for the still wild last frontier. Recognizing our fortune to still have landscapes overwhelmingly dominated by pristine wilderness and healthy ecosystems, we have the chance to learn from the mistakes of others and do things right.
In October 2013, Inletkeeper learned the Director of ADFG’s Habitat Division – Randy Bates – had embarked on a radical new plan to re-write the plans governing Alaska’s 32 Special Habitat Areas – our critical habitat areas, fish and game refuges and wildlife sanctuaries.
The Exxon Valdez taught us many lessons. For industry, a vital lesson was to never let oil hit the beaches, where TV cameras could highlight spill impacts. When the BP Gulf Disaster unfolded in 2010, BP used nearly 2 million gallons of dispersants to respond to its massive spill. But industry has refused to reveal the chemicals found in dispersants, and numerous studies show dispersants amplify the toxicity of spilled oil and lead to clean-up worker illnesses.
n Saturday night, January 17, Tote’s Midnight Sun – an 840 foot container ship running between Tacoma and Anchorage – lost power off Cape Elizabeth at the entrance to Lower Cook Inlet. Fortunately, the weather was calm and the captain and crew were able to re-start 3 of the 4 engines. Then we learned yesterday the 550' Tanker Pyxis shut down it's engines due to ice clogging its cooling water intakes.