Subject: Case Study: Oil Leases and Whales/Alaska

Michael Williamson (whe_william)
Mon, 14 Apr 1995 09:17:14

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Subject: Case Study: Oil Leases and Whales/Alaska
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Subj:	Alaska Oil Lease Sale 149 (Cook Inlet)
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Subject:      Alaska Oil Lease Sale 149 (Cook Inlet)
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Received the following from:
Olga von Ziegasar North Gulf Oceanic Society PO Box 15244 Homer,
AK  99603 (907) 235-6590
This was in the form of a letter mailed to members of the North
Pacific Humpback Whale Group, dated April 4, 1995.
"I am very concerned about an oil lease sale that the Minerals
Management Service (MMS) proposes for lower Cook Inlet in Alaska.
Many baleen whales feed in and migrate through these and adjacent
waters during summer months, including at least a quarter of the
North Pacific humpback whale population.  Lease Sale 149 includes
two million acres from the lower Kenai Peninsula to the north end
of Kodiak Island.  The Barren Islands and Shuyak Islands, where
about 150-200 humpbacks feed, border on the proposed sale area.
The Environmental Impact Statement put out by the MMS predicts a
64% cumulative probability of two or more MAJOR oil spills and a
100% probability of minor spills.  We were lucky that the Exxon
Valdez oil spill (EVOS) happened in March and there were very few
baleen whales present when the oil was thick.  Can you imagine
what would have happened if the spill had occured in June or July?
The currents are such that oil spilled in the lease area will go
down Shelikoff Straits toward the Aleutians.  This area is still
suffering fromn extensive damage from EVOS.
If you would like to speak out or to know more about Lease Sale
149, here is some information:
Information regarding Lease Sale 149 can be obtained by calling
Ray Emerson, Project Chief - Sale 149 EIS, Minerals Management
Service, (907) 271-6652.
Letters of opinion can be sent to: Secretary of the Interior Bruce
Babbit, US Department of the Interior, 1849 C St. NW, Washington,
Please respond quickly. Hope to see you all at the conference in
(signed) Olga von Ziegasar
This is forwarded for your information.  Aloha.  Paul Forestell