Some liken increasing oil and gas activity on the Kenai Peninsula and in Cook Inlet to a renaissance. A new Dark Ages may be more apt. The fall of the Western Roman Empire in AD 476 ushered in Europe’s Middle Ages, the early centuries of which were characterized in many places by complete breakdown of law and civility. Competing armies of marauding invaders swept the countryside seeking plunder, demolishing communities and ravaging the local people.
There was no authority to intervene.