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Imperiled Wilderness: Eight Things You Probably Don’t Know about Alaska’s Bristol Bay

7/11/2011 // By Roger Di Silvestro

The 40,000-square-mile Bristol Bay region of southwest Alaska stretches across pristine tundra and wetlands crisscrossed with rivers that flow into the bay. Up to 40 million sockeye salmon return to this watershed each year—the world’s largest salmon run. In addition […] Read more >

Latest Murkowski Drill Bill Won’t Protect Arctic Refuge

5/24/2011 // By Pat Lavin

Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski has introduced another Arctic Refuge directional drill bill that she claims “should silence any potential controversy over ANWR development.”  Here’s how the controversy would be silenced: Allow intrusive seismic testing and surface exploration activities with no mandatory seasonal […] Read more >

Shell Oil: More Drilling, Less Regulation!

5/5/2011 // By Pat Lavin

Shell Oil has proposed to drill ten exploratory wells in the Arctic Ocean in 2012-13, a major expansion of an earlier proposal to drill three wells in 2011.  Citing Shell’s “world-class capabilities” and numerous safeguards in place, the company expressed optimism that […] Read more >

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Hard Rock Mines Threaten the Nation’s Waters

4/27/2011 // By Tony Turrini

Metal prices are on a tear. Both gold and silver prices recently hit all-time highs. While this is good news for investors, it should alarm anyone who cares about clean water and wildlife. That’s because these soaring prices have caused […] Read more >

The Upside-Down, Post-Deepwater Horizon World

4/22/2011 // By Pat Lavin

Historically, environmental disasters have tended to prompt introspection, learning and some level of commitment to do a better job in the future. When an oil blowout blackened the waters near Santa Barbara in 1969, the nation galvanized in its support […] Read more >

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The Exxon Valdez Disaster, Now In Its 22nd Year

3/24/2011 // By Miles Grant

It was 22 years ago today that, with a captain who’d been drinking and an exhausted mate at the wheel, the Exxon Valdez hit a reef in Alaska’s Prince William Sound. But it wouldn’t quite be accurate to say this […] Read more >

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Representative Barton Defends Big Oil Yet Again

3/11/2011 // By Danielle Korpalski

In an interview with ABC this week, Representative Barton – you may recall him as the man who apologized to BP after they spilled millions of gallons of oil into the publicly owned waters of the Gulf of Mexico – […] Read more >

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Amazing Video: Up Close and Personal with Polar Bears

3/7/2011 // By Miles Grant

CBS News’ 60 Minutes last night highlighted the work of John Downer, a British filmmaker who’s using his innovative techniques to capture breathtaking pictures of polar bears. Be sure to watch the whole thing – the final minute features some […] Read more >

Jewelers Value Wildlife Over Gold

2/24/2011 // By Jim Adams

Two foreign corporations propose building the largest gold and copper mine in North America (ironically named the Pebble Mine) in the headwaters of Bristol Bay, Alaska. Recognizing that a mine in this fantastic area is likely to spell doom for […] Read more >

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International Polar Bear Day: 13 Things You May Not Know about Polar Bears

2/22/2011 // By Roger Di Silvestro

In honor of International Polar Bear Day, which falls each year on February 27th, here are a few things about the celebrated bruin that may amaze and amuse you: The polar bear rivals the Alaska brown bear as the world’s […] Read more >