The last two years MV Columbia records the ocean’s vitals every three minutes, along a 1,600-kilometer route through the Inside Passage. This includes the coastal region from Puget Sound to the Alaska Panhandle. The ship measures the sea’s temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen content, and carbon dioxide concentration, aiming to monitor ocean acidification.
The proposed construction by Alaska Gas Development Corporation of a LNG pipeline and terminal in Cook Inlet, Alaska, could expose nearly half of the population of resident endangered beluga whales to dangerous levels of noise, according to Environmental Investigation Agency.
ICS believes that the proposed legislation on the shipment of crude oil concerning the waters of Northern British Columbia, will interfere with international maritime trade and urges Canada to reconsider it and focus on other measures consistent with international best practice.
Scientists say that a catastrophic tsunami could occur off the coast of Alaska similar to the huge tsunami that killed many people in Japan in 2011 following a 9.0 magnitude quake. They have now found that there are signals for a similar earthquake off the coast of Alaska, resulting in a dangerous tsunami that could devastate parts of the state and reach southerly parts of North America, Hawaii and beyond.
BOEM has released a Final Environmental Impact Statement analyzing the possible environmental impacts of oil and gas development in the federal submerged lands of Cook Inlet, off Alaska’s southcentral coast.
Canadian Government will introduce legislation by spring 2017 to formalize a moratorium for crude oil tankers on British Columbia’s north coast with the aim to provide extra protection for B.C.’s pristine northern coastline from future oil spills. ICS has expressed its concerns on the proposed ban as it has the potential to ”impact greatly on the efficiency of world trade as well as that of Canada”.
NOAA archaeologists have discovered the battered hulls of two 1800s whaling ships nearly 144 years after they and 31 others sank off the Arctic coast of Alaska in one of the planet’s most unexplored ocean regions.
Statoil has officially announced that it has decided to exit Alaska following recent exploration results in neighbouring leases
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