Voices for the Arctic Ocean
The people of Alaska have used the Arctic Ocean for thousands of years for subsistence, fisheries and recreation in a sustainable way. Here Alaskans testify during the Salazar Hearings held in Anchorage, Alaska on April 14, 2009.
Alaskans from all over the state convened in Anchorage to testify before Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar about the potential for oil drilling and exploration in the Arctic Ocean. Below is Verner Wilson, a young commercial fisherman from Bristol Bay.
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Here for a transcript of the entire Offshore Renewable Energy Meeting at the Dena'ina Convention Center Tikhatnu Ballroom.
From the U.S. Department of the Interior Website:
"The purpose of these meetings is to have an open, honest conversation with the American people to solicit the best information possible about an offshore energy plan," Secretary Salazar recently stated. "The Department’s efforts over the next six months to develop a comprehensive offshore energy plan will embrace the President’s commitment to a government that is open and inclusive and that makes decisions based on sound science and the public interest."
Private citizens, governors and elected federal officials, interested organizations and entities, energy producers, advocacy groups, Alaska Natives and tribal organizations, science and research groups, and state and local governments are invited to attend and offer brief comments or ask questions.