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NMFS Letter - Hilcorp Gas Leak - Feb 24, 2017

On February 24, the National Marine Fisheries Service sent a letter to the Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, which: identifies methane as an“asphyxiant toxicant” (displaces air), but recognizes no sampling has occurred to identify impacts; states that Cook Inlet Beluga whales are expected to be present in the vicinity of the pollution discharge, “especially at this time of year” (with maps showing tagged whales in years past transiting over and around the location of Hilcorp’s leaking pipe). Then, NMFS states, in a classic double negative: “NMFS is not aware of any evidence that this ongoing gas release is not negatively impacting marine species in Cook Inlet.” Despite strong federal laws to protect the endangered Cook Inlet Beluga whale, NMFS makes no effort to press Hilcorp to stop polluting the critical habitat area.

02.24.17_NMFS species info_Cook Inlet_signed.pdf — PDF document, 1032 kB (1057453 bytes)