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Hilcorp Gas Leak in Cook Inlet

Hilcorp Gas Leak in Cook Inlet

Posted by Bob Shavelson at Mar 08, 2017 05:55 PM |

Hilcorp Alaska gas pipeline leak in Cook Inlet, Alaska. Methane pollution. Beluga whales. Endangered species. Jeff Hildebrand.

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AOGCC Fracking Hearing - March 23, 2017

AOGCC Fracking Hearing - March 23, 2017

Posted by Bob Shavelson at Mar 07, 2017 09:00 AM |

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.

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Stop Climate Denier Scott Pruitt from Running EPA

Stop Climate Denier Scott Pruitt from Running EPA

Posted by Bob Shavelson at Jan 13, 2017 08:05 PM |

Scott Pruit Climate Denier EPA Administrator Cook Inlet Alaska

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Help Stop Exxon from Running our Foreign Policy

Help Stop Exxon from Running our Foreign Policy

Posted by Bob Shavelson at Jan 12, 2017 03:28 AM |

Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson had his first confirmation hearing for the Secretary of State position before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday, January 11. Now it’s time to tell our Senators Lisa Murkowski & Dan Sullivan to oppose this reckless nomination.

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What the hell happened?

What the hell happened?

Posted by Bob Shavelson at Nov 17, 2016 08:47 PM |

That’s the question I’ve heard most since the election. We’ve read a lot of the post-mortems, talked to a lot of Alaskans, and spent many hours thinking, alone and with friends, about our world and where it’s going. This election turned our thinking on its head. All our assumptions about data and polling and analysis were wrong. That’s a pretty big gut-punch. Now, we’ve elected a President who believes climate change is a hoax.

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Shape the Future of Kachemak Bay - Comments Due Nov. 4

Shape the Future of Kachemak Bay - Comments Due Nov. 4

Posted by Bob Shavelson at Oct 20, 2016 07:55 PM |

The Alaska Department of Fish & Game (ADFG) is revising the management plan for Kachemak Bay and Fox River Flats Critical Habitat Areas. This process is now in the “scoping phase,” which means ADFG is looking for the issues it should address in the management plan revision. Scoping comments are due November 4

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The Mining Industry Wants it Both Ways

The Mining Industry Wants it Both Ways

Posted by Bob Shavelson at Jul 28, 2016 06:25 PM |

The Pebble Partnership has grabbed headlines recently by attacking an EPA scientist and claiming EPA somehow violated federal law by communicating with Alaskans. It’s all a phony story, of course, to pump up fear around the bogey man of “federal overreach.” But there’s a healthy dose of irony here, because while the Pebble people are crying foul on EPA, the proponent of the Chuitna coal strip mine in Upper Cook Inlet – Delaware-based PacRim Coal – has been actively working behind closed doors with the Corps of Engineers and other government agencies to get needed permits.

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Local Food attracts new Intern

Local Food attracts new Intern

Posted by zandra@inletkeeper.org at Jun 15, 2016 05:25 PM |

Inletkeeper is happy to have help for our new Food Hub project from our new intern Zandra Davis.

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Salmon Are More Than Food & Money

Salmon Are More Than Food & Money

Posted by Bob Shavelson at Jun 08, 2016 03:46 PM |

Salmon go beyond just being a food source and economic revenue. In keeping salmon healthy we need to keep their environment vigorous and their relationship with other species and ecosystems unharmed.

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ACF Ted Smith Conservation Intern

ACF Ted Smith Conservation Intern

Posted by Maya Goodoni at May 31, 2016 05:45 PM |

Inletkeeper is happy to welcome another Ted Smith Conservation intern! Maya Goodoni has joined our team for the summer, and as an environmental studies major, she brings skills to help us protect the watershed we all love.

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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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Film Premier: Super Salmon

Film Premier: Super Salmon

Posted by Heather Leba at Jan 20, 2016 06:02 PM |

Premier of the film Super Salmon in Talkeetna

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Give Alaska Salmon a Brake!

Give Alaska Salmon a Brake!

Posted by Eric Booton at Dec 22, 2015 02:20 PM |

Urban salmon battle litter, culverts and fish passage issues, loss of stream-side habitat and alterations of natural river contours. But there’s another culprit: toxic copper dust from the brake pads on our cars and trucks.

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NEW Clean Boating Discount Card Program!

NEW Clean Boating Discount Card Program!

Posted by Heather Leba at Dec 21, 2015 06:42 PM |

Since 2010, Cook Inletkeeper and partners have been educating boaters and fishermen in the Susitna Valley on the importance of clean boating practices.

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Cook Inletkeeper 20th Anniversary Bash!

Cook Inletkeeper 20th Anniversary Bash!

Posted by Bob Shavelson at Nov 23, 2015 01:20 AM |

Join us December 5, 2015 at 7 PM at Alice's Champagne Palace in Homer to celebrate our 20th year protecting clean water, healthy salmon and a vibrant democracy in the Cook Inlet watershed!

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Strenthening Food Security on the Kenai Peninsula

Strenthening Food Security on the Kenai Peninsula

Posted by Rachel Lord at Nov 20, 2015 05:35 PM |

Inletkeeper is spearheading the development of an online food hub business for the Kenai Peninsula to increase food security, decrease food miles, fight climate change and strengthen our local communities.

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Antiquated Laws and Toxic Spills -  reflecting on recent accidents in Colorado

Antiquated Laws and Toxic Spills - reflecting on recent accidents in Colorado

Posted by Eric Booton at Oct 12, 2015 06:15 PM |

Recent mine waste accidents, which have occurred while the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was on site working, have resulted in a misleading game of finger pointing; but those who always rail against the “government” need to reconsider who the finger should be pointed at.

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