HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Alaska oil and gas exploration good and bad for area life

COLLEGE STATION, March 5, 2003 - Mahlon C. "Chuck" Kennicutt, director of the Geochemical and Environmental Research Group (GERG) at Texas A&M University, says the findings of a National Academies' National Research Council (NRC) report released today (March 4) on the cumulative effects of oil and gas exploration on the Alaska North Slope region present "a classic case of the tradeoffs that society faces when natural resource development is balanced against a desire to preserve and protect the environment."

Kennicutt was one of the 18 NRC committee members who compiled an assessment of oil and gas activities - including exploration, production and development - on domestic oil production from Alaska's North Slope.

The North Slope region, which covers about 89,000 square miles, an area slightly larger than Minnesota, has been the focus of oil and gas exploration since 1968, with more than 558 billion gallons of crude oil produced from the region. Today, about 15 percent of the total annual domestic oil production comes from Alaska's North Slope.

The key findings of the study, titled "Cumulative Environmental Effects of Alaskan North Slope Oil and Gas Activities" that began in 2000, was mandated by Congress, overseen by the Environmental Protection Agency and conducted by a committee convened by the National Academies of Science.

Accumulated affected include:

    *Roads. The report says that roads have had effects as far- reaching and complex as any physical component of the North Slope oil fields. Roads alter animal habitat and behavior, but also increase communication between North Slope residents and those outside the area.

    *Damage to tundra. The tundra has been damaged by the geophysical survey techniques that are critical to oil exploration efforts.

    *Animal population. Because human food is available in oil fields despite e
    '"/>



Contact: Keith Randall
kr@univrel.tamu.edu
979-845-4644
Texas A&M University
5-Mar-2003


Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Alaska scientists find Arctic tundra yields surprising carbon loss
2. UAF scientists discover new marine habitat in Alaska
3. Climate change could doom Alaskas tundra
4. Chronic respiratory symptoms prevalent among Alaska natives
5. Spruce bark beetle outbreaks examined at Alaska Symposium
6. Alaskan waters growing hospitable to sharks while seals and sea lions decline
7. NSF-funded researchers track Alaska seal migration for the first time
8. Betting on climate change: Alaskan gambling contest yields treasure trove of scientific data
9. Warmer periods in Alaskan area not confined to modern times
10. From July 21-Aug. 20, Smith College and collaborators to retrace historic Harriman Expedition to Alaska
11. Discovery of fossil mollusks in Alaska links histories of Arctic Ocean and Isthmus of Panama

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:11/6/2019)... ARBOR, Mich. (PRWEB) , ... November 06, 2019 ... ... Mastermind® version 2.0 today. The Genomic Search Engine now includes the ... new functionality will further accelerate diagnosis of patients with genetic and rare diseases. ...
(Date:11/5/2019)... Seattle, WA (PRWEB) , ... November 05, 2019 ... ... LeCuyer & Amato Dentistry, providing state-of-the-art cosmetic and restorative dentistry to Seattle, WA, ... Receiving her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Washington, Dr. ...
(Date:11/2/2019)... ... ... Stay on top of current hot topics through free webinars presented by leading experts ... be sure to register today to save your place! Participate in the discussion and ... webinars: , CLINICAL OPERATIONS , November 14 – Leveraging Technology and Data to Establish ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:11/20/2019)... NEWTOWN, Conn. (PRWEB) , ... November 20, 2019 ... ... is projecting worldwide production of about 8,500 microturbine electrical power generation units from ... is a significant increase over 2017's projection of 3,821 units worth $569 million. ...
(Date:11/12/2019)... (PRWEB) , ... November 12, ... ... of enterprise software solutions for biopharmaceutical R&D, today announced that Immatics ... has adopted Genedata Biologics® to streamline their R&D operations related ...
(Date:11/12/2019)... ... November 12, 2019 , ... Peggy Lillis Foundation (PLF) ... deadly healthcare-associated infection C. diff. The campaign, “See C. diff,” combines ... at least 30,000 people in the U.S. each year. The campaign also features ...
(Date:11/6/2019)... ... November 06, 2019 , ... ... and dialogue, today announces its East/West CEO conference to be held ... , Kicking off the week of the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: