Actor and Oceana Board Member Ted Danson to Testify About Need for Science and Preparedness in the Arctic - Oceana

Actor and Oceana Board Member Ted Danson to Testify About Need for Science and Preparedness in the Arctic

Press Release Date: November 9, 2010

Location: Anchorage, AK

Contact:

Anna Baxter

Oceana founder and board member Ted Danson will be attending a hearing and presenting public testimony to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement this Tuesday, November 9th.  Mr. Danson is a long-time ocean advocate, who recently spent time in the Arctic.  His testimony will focus on the lack of basic scientific information about the Chukchi Sea ecosystem and the lack of response capabilities in the event of a spill.

 

A coalition of Alaska Native, conservation, and community organizations, including Oceana, filed a lawsuit in federal district court in Alaska challenging Chukchi Sea Lease Sale 193.  The court found that the Department of the Interior violated the law by failing to adequately account       for missing scientific information and the potential for natural gas development.

 

Rather than taking a hard look at the missing information, the government issued a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement that simply papers over the problems.  The Tuesday night hearing is the public’s opportunity to weigh in on the draft document and the lack of science and preparedness in the Arctic. 

 

 

 

What:             Hearing, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and                                                Enforcement Lease Sale 193 Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact                                 Statement

 

Date:               November 9, 2010 

 

Time:               7:00 pm

 

Where:            BOEMRE Anchorage Offices

                        3800 Centerpoint Drive

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