by Jackie Bartz
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- On the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals' second day in Anchorage, lawyers battled over the Clean Water Act.
Environmentalists say Cook Inlet's oil platforms dump billions of gallons of pollution into the inlet, while the Environmental Protection Agency says it issued discharge permits to the oil companies in accordance with state guidelines.
Cook Inlet Keeper and several other groups want the EPA to reissue a permit for oil and gas platforms in Cook Inlet.
Attorneys claim Cook Inlet is the only place in the country where oil platforms can discharge pollution into the water.
According to Cook Inlet Keeper Executive Director Bob Shavelson, the pollution is a combination of oil and water that is run through a rudimentary treatment process before being dumped into the inlet.