With the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers putting a proposed expansion of Nome’s port on pause for at least a year, council members discussed a way forward at Monday’s meeting.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers cites changing economics of oil and gas development, specifically Shell Oil ceasing its Arctic oil search, for the year-long pause.
The Corps plans a 2,100-foot extension of Nome’s causeway, the building of a new 450-foot dock, and expanding the port down to a depth of 28 feet.
The proposed habitat covers roughly 350,000 square miles along the Bering Strait and the northern Bering, Chukchi, and Beaufort seas.
Protesters previously opposed to Shell Oil’s Chukchi exploratory drilling continue opposition as ExxonMobil prepares for summer seismic testing on the Russian side of the Bering Strait.
Green Peace activists have staged two separate actions against oil rigs headed to drill in Arctic waters.
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