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Shell Development in Beaufort, Chukchi Seas and Bristol Bay Threatens U.S. Native Whaling Traditions

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, May 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The following is being issued by Alaska Wilderness League:

WHAT: On Friday, May 25, at 10 am AK time, Alaska Native whalers and conservation groups will host a press briefing to discuss U.S. native whaling interests under threat in the Bush administration’s 5-Year OCS Plan for Shell development in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas and Bristol Bay of Alaska.

Despite local and national opposition, Shell Oil advocated for the withdrawal of a moratorium protecting Bristol Bay from offshore oil and gas development, and has an aggressive exploration plan, including harmful seismic testing and shallow well drilling, in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas.

Native whaling community leaders from across Alaska’s North Slope will discuss threats to U.S. whaling interests just days before the International Whaling Commission’s Annual Meeting in Anchorage, AK.

WHEN: 10:00 AM, FRIDAY, MAY 25, 2007 WHERE: Arctic Environmental Justice Center, Alaska Wilderness League 333 W. 4th Avenue, Suite 311 Anchorage, Alaska 99501 WHO: Native Leaders and Whalers from North Slope villages DIAL IN: U.S. – 877-228-3100 International – 719-457-5124 Passcode – 384481 VISUALS: Images of places under discussion will be available upon request. For additional information visit http://www.alaskawild.org/

Website: http://www.alaskawild.org/

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