Eleanor Huffines joined Pew in 2009 as officer of the U.S. Arctic.
Before working for Pew, Huffines was the Alaska director for the Wilderness Society. In that role, she worked extensively with communities, government personnel and members of Congress to influence policy affecting the environment, subsistence cultures and sustainable development. Huffines also was policy and conservation director for the National Outdoor Leadership School. She has served on the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council, the Bureau of Land Management Resource Advisory Council and the board of directors for Trustees for Alaska, a public interest law firm.
Huffines holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.
(The Christian Science Monitor) For all the energy prospects bandied about concerning the Arctic – including a new White House strategy paper for the region – oil drilling in US Arctic waters has come to a temporary pause. More
(The Guardian) The Obama administration ordered a sweeping review of Shell's plans to drill in the Arctic on Tuesday, after a series of mishaps ending with the New Year grounding of the company's Kulluk rig. More
(NPR) A Shell Oil drilling rig has been pulled of the rocks, where it washed up a week ago during a storm. It has been towed to a bay where divers will inspect it for damage. More
(KTUU) The grounding of the Kulluk has prompted a national environmental group to question Shell Alaska’s preparedness for Arctic drilling operations. More
(E&E News) The prospect of oil exploration this summer in Alaska's northernmost waters is triggering calls for Washington to take a more comprehensive international leadership role in managing a new era of economic, military and scientific development in the Arctic. More