Bristol Bay in Alaska has been free of oil drilling due to a ban on it by the U.S. government since 1990. That is soon to change, however, as both the Senate and President Bush have lifted the bans. The lifting of the bans was urged by Republican Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska. Environmentalists, however, are concerned with the effects drilling in the bay may have on the fishing of salmon, cod and crab in the area. A shot of the salmon in the bay is above.

Oh, if you are wondering where you have heard of Bristol Bay before... perhaps it was that one oil spill. What was that again? Oh yeah, the Exxon Valdez oil spill. Needless to say, not everyone is happy about the lifting of the bans and the plans that go along with it.

In other news, a seperate ban has also been lifted in the Gulf of Mexico. The lifting of that ban also makes drilling possible in those waters.

[Source: Yahoo! News]


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