Offshore-drilling concerns raised after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill may not be applicable to operations in Alaska because conditions there are different, according to witnesses testifying before the presidential panel on the oil spill. "The reality of the Arctic is that you don't have the kind of U.S. Coast Guard response we had in the Gulf of Mexico," said Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. "You're also operating in frigid conditions with floating ice in very narrow windows," he added.

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