Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Jewell: No decision imminent on Alaska refuge road

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell says she has set no timetable for deciding whether to approve a land exchange that would allow construction of a road through a national wildlife refuge in Alaska. Jewell during a six-day trip to the state flew over Izembek (EYE'-zem-bek) National Wildlife refuge and spoke to residents of King Cove, who want the road for better access to emergency flights leaving from an all-weather airport.Villagers say high winds and foul weather often make flying out of their own airport impossible. Conservation groups bitterly oppose the proposed road...more

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