As the shipping industry and countries make plans to expand Arctic sea lanes amid shrinking ice coverage, the Army Corps of Engineers is considering expanding and deepening the Port of Nome, Alaska, the Associated Press reported:
Corps spokesman Tom Findtner said by email that the agency in December tentatively selected a plan to modify the Port of Nome. The plan suggests extending Nome’s causeway by 2,150 feet, building a 450-foot dock and dredging the new, protected area and entrance channel to 28 feet.
The lack of a nearby deep-water port has also been cited as an issue for Arctic oil and gas exploration. We will have more on the administration’s proposal to overhaul Arctic drilling regulations on CQ.com.