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Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Teshekpuk Lake: Is local trust eroding?

Teshekpuk Lake
Originally uploaded by BlogAdmin.
This photo shows seaplanes tied up on Teshekpuk Lake on Alaska's North Slope, with a camp set up on the shore. The photo isn't dated, but judging from the aircraft, it's probably from the late 1950s or early 1960s.

For North Slope native people, Teshekpuk Lake (which lies outside ANWR) is a vital subsistence hunting area. Now the U.S. Bureau of Land Management wants to sell oil drilling rights around the lake. For some lively debate about how this plan is eroding support for oil drilling among local residents of Alaska's North Slope Borough, read the comments to yesterday's post.

Photo: USFWS