Energy exploration “threatens whales”

Whales are facing a new threat from expanded oil and gas exploration in icy waters off the coasts of Alaska and Arctic Canada, according to a report issued by the International Whaling Commission.
Released at the whaling forum annual meeting in Anchorage, Alaska, the report by more than 200 scientists singles out energy exploration as a serious threat to whales that migrate through the Pacific Ocean.

The warning comes at a time when the United States government is proposing new oil and gas leases in Alaska’s North Aleutian Basin, an area that encompasses the Bristol Bay region, which is home to endangered eastern North Pacific right whales.