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What blows my mind is that every drilling proponent I have ever spoken with does nothing but sing the praises of "low-impact, modern drilling technology." What a crock of bull. Let's run down the oil industry's track record with respect to spills on Alaska's north slope, shall we?
- The Prudhoe Bay oil fields and Trans-Alaska Pipeline have caused an average of 504 spills ANNUALLY on the North Slope since 1996, according to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation.
- Forty different toxic substances, from acid to waste oil, have been spilled during routine operations.
- There were 4,532 spills between 1996 and 2004 totalling more than 1.9 million gallons of toxic substances, most commonly diesel, crude oil, and hydraulic oil.
- Prudhoe Bay air pollution emissions have been detected nearly 200 miles away in Barrow, Alaska.
- The oil industry on Alaska's North Slope annually emits approximately 70,000 tons of nitrogen oxides, the main component of smog and acid rain. This is more than twice the amount emitted by the city of Washington, DC, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
On a more pleasant note, Sonja and I took the dogs for a swim over at 4th of July Creek, on the other side of the bay.
While there, we were able to admire some of these: While we took a stick and poked at one of these:
Then picked up one of these:
Thought these looked pretty neat:
All while letting Harvey and Luna do this:
It was a good morning.