|Ocean Bay Beach looking Northeast 2010|
Here is a link (click 'link') to an article about the event in the New York Times.
I'm tired of these over-confident oil engineers (and Pebble Mine or the Narrow Cape Rocket launch folks for that matter) telling us that they can handle anything nature throws at them. Obviously they can not. They should not be drilling in the Arctic Ocean or building rocket launches on top of earthquake faults. Because nature does happen - and she can be one angry lady at times.
Above is a photo of the North end of Ocean Bay beach where I gather the rig ran aground. I know of at least 2 very important archaeological sites in this area. One of the sites is the type site where tools from the 'Ocean Bay Tradition' (5500 to 2000 BC) were first found by Don Clark in the early 1960s (see photo below). I hope the site does not get damaged during the salvage/cleanup. Just to the north of the beach is the site of the first big battle between the Russians and the Alutiiq in 1784 - another very significant archaeological site. Read more about it here.
Ocean Bay Beach is also one of the most beautiful beaches on the archipelago. This is VERY sad day.
Update: The rig has actually grounded north of Ocean Bay Beach - on the headland between the beach and Partition Cove. This puts it pretty close to the Refuge Rock site where the Russians broke Alutiiq resistance to their rule - a VERY significant site.
|View of Ocean Bay beach in 1963 - Photo by Don Clark|
|Sitkalidak Roadcut Site excavation in 1963 behind Ocean Bay Beach - this is where archaeologists 'discovered' the Ocean Bay archaeological culture|