Umiat, Alaska

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Umiat
Unincorporated community
Umiat is located in Alaska
Umiat
Umiat
Location within the state of Alaska
Coordinates: 69°22′01″N 152°08′39″W / 69.36694°N 152.14417°W / 69.36694; -152.14417Coordinates: 69°22′01″N 152°08′39″W / 69.36694°N 152.14417°W / 69.36694; -152.14417
Country United States
State Alaska
Borough North Slope
Government
 • Borough mayor Charlotte Brower[1]
Time zone Alaska (AKST) (UTC-9)
 • Summer (DST) AKDT (UTC-8)

Umiat[pronunciation?] is an unincorporated community in North Slope Borough, Alaska, United States, on the Colville River. It is located 140 miles southwest of Deadhorse in the Arctic Circle. The town is not accessible by road or rail, only by air or river. In 1944, the Naval Oil Reserve was set up and it later became an air force base, which is now closed. It is known as one of the coldest places in the US.

In 2009 Governor Parnell budgeted for a proposed road to Umiat branching off of the Dalton Highway.[2]

Umiat has become a center in the summer for research by the BLM and USGS concerning climate change. Research also goes on in the impact that development has on the Arctic tundra. As the NPRA is managed by BLM, they watch the impact that the ice roads and ice-drilling pads have on plant and animal life in the area.

Umiat has no permanent residents, being a camp and fuel stop for aircraft and helicopters operating in the area. The camp is run by a locally owned company that provides oilfield services in the area, their crew consists in the summer of approximately 10 people who work on a two weeks on two weeks off schedule. At any given time, there are between 20 to 30 people lodged and fed there.

The camp operates from the middle of May to the middle of September. All there have access to the internet and to news and entertainment by satellite.

Accommodations are "ATCO" units that are permanently placed, a cafeteria style kitchen is in one of the units.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2013 ACoM Members". Online Resource Center, Alaska Conference of Mayors. Juneau: Alaska Municipal League. 2013. Retrieved June 4, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Foothills West Transportation Access Project", State of Alaska, Retrieved 2010-06-19