Permalink: https://media.greenpeace.org/archive/North-Slope-Mayor-Elections-in-Alaska-27MZIFVPBR85.htmlConceptually similarMayor Election Candidate in AlaskaGP04CRVCompleted★★★★Election Poster in AlaskaGP04CQKCompleted★★★★Children on Beach in WainwrightGP04BG3Completed★★★★Children on Beach in WainwrightGP04BGDCompleted★★★★Inupiat Whale Hunting in AlaskaGP04CR2Completed★★★★Delivering Supplies in AlaskaGP04BGQCompleted★★★★Inupiat Activist in AlaskaGP04CQMCompleted★★★★Community Gathering in Point HopeGP046BSCompleted★★★★Community Gathering in Point HopeGP046BTCompleted★★★★★★View AllGP04CRWNorth Slope Mayor Elections in AlaskaCandidates for the North Slope Borough Mayor observe the vote counting machine as the first results are announced. The election has been tight. After a run-off Charlotte Brower finally won with 1022 to George Ahmaogaks 960. The political post could arguably be one of the most powerful positions in Alaska. How to balance industrial development and the traditional subsistence ancient culture of the Inupiaq people has been the key issue. Royal Dutch Shell have already received some of the permits to drill in the Chukchi sea in 2012, with offshore plans set back by several legal challenges. Outgoing Mayor Edward Itta lead a lawsuit in 2007 against Shell over concerns the drilling would harm the environment and the last word is not yet said.Locations:Alaska-Arctic-Barrow (Alaska)-North America-United States of AmericaDate:13 Oct, 2011Credit:© Rose Sjölander / 70°Maximum size:5616px X 3744pxRestrictions:Ok for Greenpeace use and for approved external Greenpeace campaign related use. Contact the photographer directly or Greenpeace UK (email@example.com) for any other external licensing or sales.Keywords:Elections-Governments and Government organisations-Indoors-Inupiat-KWCI (GPI)-Large group of people-Local population-Outdoors-Positive mood-Save the Arctic (campaign title)Shoot:70° North - Arctic Documentation70° North is a multimedia project documenting the impact of climate change and resources exploration in the Arctic.Shell's plans to drill offshore in the Alaskan Arctic in 2012 has divided the native communities who now stand at a crossroads between continued benefits from industry generated revenues and protecting the marine environment they have depended on for thousands of years. Shell's proposed offshore drill site is in the path of the bowhead whale's migration route. Many Inupiat hunters are concerned about Shell's lack of spill response capabilities if licenses are granted to drill offshore in the Arctic's Beaufort and Chukchi seasGreenpeace is campaigning for a global sanctuary to be declared around the uninhabited area of the North Pole to save the Arctic from attempts by oil companies to exploit the region’s resources for short term profit.