Local responders and the Coast Guard continue cleaning up the oily substance floating off the coast of Shishmaref. The source of the spill remains unknown.
Despite precarious ice conditions, local responders in Shishmaref are working to absorb the oily sheen discovered off the island’s north coast last week. The source of the substance remains unknown.
Presenting an assessment of what its increased arctic operations means for the environment, Nome residents at the meeting said the Coast Guard’s plans lack input, specifics from the Bering Strait.
The assessment claims the impact will be minimal, and finds an increased Coast Guard presence will have “no significant adverse impacts” on water quality, arctic biology, cultural resources, and public safety.
The Arctic Resource and Development Meeting in Gambell continued into its second day yesterday. With many players delayed or absent due to weather, the conversation took an international turn: oil spill coordination between U.S. and Russia.
Yesterday in Gambell state-wide players gathered to discuss Arctic development. Presenters included state and industry representatives, government research groups, and native and village corporations. The Bering Sea Alliance, LLC organized the event.
As Arctic shipping increases, communities in the Bering Strait region want to benefit from the growth while protecting their subsistence resources. Over the next two days, politicians and government agencies along with industry and community representatives will be meeting in Gambell to discuss how to make that happen.
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