Biologist finds no invasive species on drill rig

Sep 24, 2012 -- 11:08am


- KENAI, Alaska (AP) - A Homer-based biologist says shells attached to a drill rig moved from Singapore to Cook Inlet did not carry invasive species.  Senior biologist David Erikson of URS Corporation concludes that organic marine debris attached to the rig did not survive the trip. A spokeswoman for the Habitat Division of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game tells the Peninsula Clarion that the department is reviewing Erickson's report. The rig took a 30-day trip aboard a vessel to reach Alaska. Erikson says the ride was the dominant factor in killing marine biota. He says that substantially reduced the potential for invasive species to be introduced into Kachemak Bay. State officials contacted rig owner Buccaneer Energy after a Homer resident plucked a shell from a rig legs during a tour.

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