Offshore Drilling in Alaska’s Bristol Bay and Arctic Ocean

Date: March 24, 2009

Location:
The Rayburn House Office Building
Room 2154

Washington, DC 20515

Description:

Twenty years after the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska’s Prince William Sound, the nation’s oil spill experts find that America’s sensitive Arctic and sub-Arctic marine waters including Bristol Bay, the Chukchi Sea and the Beaufort Sea are still at risk from oil and gas development.

The House subcommittees on Energy and Mineral Resources and Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife will hold a joint hearing on Energy Development on the OCS and the Health of Our Oceans. At the hearing, speakers will discuss the lingering environmental impacts of the Exxon Valdez oil spill, issues of spill prevention, safety and response, as well as long-term drilling consequences for regional commercial and subsistence fisheries.

A reception will be held at 6:00 p.m.featuring Captain Keith Colburn, one of the witnesses from the hearing and a long-time fisherman in the Bering Sea. He will be joined by fellow fishermen and Members of Congress have been invited to deliver remarks.

Remarks by
Rep. Nick J Rahall (D-WV) (invited)
Rep. Jim Costa (D-CA) (invited)
Rep. Madeleine Z. Bordallo (D-GU) (invited)

Hearing
10:00 am
1324 Longworth House Office Building

Reception
6:00 – 8:00 pm
2154 Rayburn House Office Building

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