Our Pacific Northwest
Interior Department to Review the Pursuit Alaska's Black Gold
In a report circulated by the Associated Press, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced today his department will thoroughly review last year’s offshore drilling season in Alaskan waters. The announcement was made a day after Shell was required to tow a damaged oil rig near an isolated Alaskan island. In the AP report, Salazar assured the press the department is committed to seeking new energy resources in the waters of the last frontier, but recognizes the challenges the arctic waters demand, requiring an even greater level of scrutiny. Despite this assurance, the report stated Salazar will also review several problems Shell encountered last year, including a drill barge which ran aground New Year’s Eve, a drill ship which was found to have numerous safety violations, and an oil barge which did not gain certification before the start of last year’s drilling season. Salazar and the Department of the Interior have a heavy task of finding new resources to stabilize a recovering economy while being accountable of ensuring the preservation of waters vital to both man and animal in our Pacific Northwest.