Charles M. Sennott: October 4, 2012 06:22
WAINWRIGHT, Alaska – This small village is about to be taken over by big oil.
There are about 550 people who live here, most of them Inupiaq Eskimos. The remote village on Chukchi Sea has lived a traditional way of life as subsistence hunters for thousands of years.
In more recent decades, they have struggled with poverty and drug abuse. The geographical fate that makes them the closest spit of land to Royal Dutch Shell’s lease holds on vast offshore oil fields will likely change their lives in many ways.
The village is expected to serve as a staging area for Shell’s operation…