Thursday, August 11, 2011

Ken Salazar in Alaska....President Obama Backs Additional Oil Drilling in Alaska

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar came to Anchorage on Monday and said the Obama administration supports more oil drilling in Alaska, potentially including offshore Arctic development.

Salazar joined Alaska Sen. Mark Begich and Rhode Island Sen. Jack Reed, both Democrats, for a meeting with Alaska businesspeople and said the president's feeling toward Arctic offshore drilling is "Let's take a look at what's up there and see what it is we can develop." But any Arctic oil development must be done carefully, he said. Salazar said the Arctic lacks needed infrastructure for responding to potential offshore oil spills and cited painful lessons from the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico last year.

"Not the mightiest companies with multibillion dollar pockets were able to do what needed to be done in a timely basis, and the representations of preparation simply turned out not to be true from the oil companies that had a legal obligation to shut down that kind of an oil spill. ...

When you look at the Arctic itself, we recognize that there are different realities - the ocean is a much shallower ocean, conditions are very different than we had in the Gulf of Mexico. (But) there are challenges that are unique to the Arctic," Salazar told Alaska reporters......Read the entire article.

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