Hollywood will bring Alaska’s Arctic to theaters nationwide next month when Drew Barrymore stars in the movie “Big Miracle” about the 1988 effort to rescue three endangered gray whales trapped by sea ice o
The Wilderness Society has joined a coalition of Alaska Native and conservation groups in a lawsuit challenging the Obama administration’s decision to allow Shell to begin offshore drilling in the Arctic Ocean next summer.
Interior Department spokeswoman Kendra Barkoff said the Louisiana court decision has no effect on the administration's decision to suspend until 2011 new offshore drilling in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas.
"We wish it did," said Julie Hasquet, a spokeswoman for Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska. "But we don't think it does."
One year after the worst oil spill disaster in U.S. history, there are still many legislative, regulatory and other changes which need to be made before oil drilling in “frontier” offshore areas like deepwater in the Gulf of Mexico and the Arctic Ocean is allowed to proceed, according to The Wilderness Society.