Reluctant Regulators

A Pentagon-based construction agency that is behind more water projects than any other U.S. developer is also an unlikely regulatory agency assigned to protect the nation's wetlands.

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September 21, 2000, 6:00 AM PDT

By Abhijeet Chavan @

Before the oil industry invasion, the North Slope of Alaska was pristine wilderness. Now, after "19 oil fields, 4,000 wells, 500 miles of roads, 1,100 miles of pipelines, 22 gravel mines, 450 waste pits, two dozen production plants", and a spill a day, this area emits twice the amount of "smog-producing nitrogen oxide as the entire District of Columbia. But according to the Army Corps of Engineers, this transformation of the Arctic landscape has had no significant impacton the environment."

Thanks to Abhijeet Chavan

Wednesday, September 13, 2000 in The Washington Post


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