Actor to testify at Chukchi Sea lease hearing

Posted: Tuesday, November 09, 2010

ANCHORAGE - Actor Ted Danson will testify Tuesday at a public hearing in Anchorage on environmental concerns from a 2008 lease sale in Alaska's Chukchi Sea.

Danson, a longtime ocean advocate, is in Anchorage filming a movie, "Everybody Loves Whales." A representative for Oceana announced he would testify at the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement hearing.

The former Minerals Management Service in February 2008 conducted a lease sale in the Chukchi off Alaska's northwest coast, receiving high bids totaling $2.7 billion and issuing 487 leases.

Environmental and Alaska Native groups sued and in July a federal court judge said environmental information was lacking.

The BOEMRE is collecting testimony on the effect of natural gas development and whether missing information is essential.

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