Alaska Natives seek stop to cruise line’s use of heavy oils
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Alaska indigenous leaders are asking a cruise industry giant to stop using heavy fuel oils believed to be harmful to health and the environment.
The Juneau Empire reports the leaders traveled to Carnival’s corporate headquarters in London last week to deliver the petition, seeking to stop the use of the fuel as an inexpensive alternative.
Bristol Bay petitioner Verner Wilson says this fuel takes longer to break down in the marine environment and its emissions produce more environmentally-harmful chemicals than other fuels.
He says he would like to see Carnival take the lead by ending the fuel’s use on cruises to Alaska or anywhere north.
Carnival says in a statement that the petition is “well-intentioned but misguided.” The company says it treats the Artic as a “special protected zone.”