The Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences published our paper this month about summer temperature regimes in southcentral Alaska streams and the potential implications for Pacific salmon. With five years of data from 48 streams across the Cook Inlet watershed, it is clear that salmon are already experiencing thermal stress and that over the next 50 years, chronic and sub-lethal effects will become more likely.
As we recognize the anniversary of the Exxon Valdez, it’s important to never forget the hubris and complacency that lead to Alaska’s greatest social and economic disaster. At the same it, it’s important to recognize the very same hubris and complacency are lapping at our shoreline today in Cook Inlet, and to take steps to ensure we don’t repeat the mistakes of the past.
Hilcorp Alaska gas pipeline leak in Cook Inlet, Alaska. Methane pollution. Beluga whales. Endangered species. Jeff Hildebrand.
The Issue: Current rules do not allow Alaskans to review and comment on applications for oil & gas hydraulic fracturing (fracking) operations near their homes and communities. Get Involved: Cook Inletkeeper recently submitted a proposed rule to the Alaska Oil & Gas Conservation Council (AOGCC) that would require AOGCC to make fracking applications publicly available, and to provide Alaskans the opportunity to shape final permitting decisions.