The Offshore: Flows of Oil and Knowledge in the Beaufort Sea

diagram of offshore drilling© Government of Canada. Reproduced with the permission of Library and Archives Canada (2016). Source: Library and Archives Canada/Department of Environment fonds/File: 1181-4- 4

This research project explores the history of offshore oil and gas development in the Beaufort Sea (Alaska, Yukon Territory, Northwest Territories) to better understand the linkages among hydrocarbon development, energy policy, environmental change, and environmental knowledge.  I am interested in applying concepts from historical political ecology and the history of science to analyze how a range of historical actors shaped the future of the Arctic oil frontier–from corporate execs, to civil servants, to politicians, to Inuit activists, to scientists and conservationists. I draw on records from US and Canadian federal regulatory agencies; correspondence between Inuit organizations and those agencies; and environmental non-governmental organizations like the Canadian Arctic Resources Committee.