Sadly, the answer is always the same. Because of Alaska’s remoteness and lack of infrastructure, and Shell’s inadequate technology, the company would recover very little – if any – spilled oil.
As the new president of The Wilderness Society, I’m visiting Alaska’s Arctic to get a first-hand look at the landscapes we’re working to protect and the role oil drilling has on Alaska’s Arctic and its people.
The technology to operate safely and recover significant amounts of spilled oil in such a harsh environment simply doesn’t exist.
The Tongass National Forest is a national treasure, as well as the lifeblood for Alaska Natives, regional communities, and the state.