This is a rush transcript from "On the Record," August 17, 2010. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.
GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: OK, meet Susan Aikens. She lives at Kavik River camp here in Alaska, population one.
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VAN SUSTEREN: Where are we? Where's Kavik?
SUSAN AIKENS, ONLY RESIDENT OF KAVIK, ALASKA: Kavik river camp is at 69.4 north by 146.54 west, about 20 miles from the Arctic Ocean on Alaska's North Slope.
VAN SUSTEREN: How many people live here?
VAN SUSTEREN: Just you?
AIKENS: Just me. I'm Kavik's year-round resident.
VAN SUSTEREN: How long have you lived here?
AIKENS: About seven years.
VAN SUSTEREN: What is this camp? Because when we arrived, a couple people took off in planes.
AIKENS: This camp, if you go all the way back, the Eskimos used the valley for caribou hunting. It was one of the ones that they would herd them down, build fencing, bottleneck them, and it was a hunting grounds. Dooline (ph) days, it was a camp for Dooline days. That's a lot of the roadwork here. In the '60s, '70s, they found natural gas. In '68, the discovery well had came in, Prudhoe Bay, natural gas capped off and forgotten about.
This lied fallow for a long time, and then 20, 21 years ago, Tiaga (ph) Ventures for seismic work, and anybody that wanted to do work out here, they put this installation in. And then when I came -- I'm in the process of purchasing it from Tiaga because if you base your economy on a migratory animal, you probably won't be in business long. So I'm really venturing out into ecotourism, making the camp more eco-friendly. I've added a wind turbine and solar for -- I have six 6 KW of alternative energy, plus the generators.
VAN SUSTEREN: How far away from ANWR?
AIKENS: You're 12 miles. To the east is ANWR. The Canning (ph) River is the boundary.
VAN SUSTEREN: What -- where are you from originally?
VAN SUSTEREN: How long have you been up here?
AIKENS: At this location, seven years. But probably 30 years, 35 years of my life I've been in Alaska.
VAN SUSTEREN: In terms of the winters, it must be a little rugged here.
AIKENS: It can be very rugged. And it is a -- it's a fairly brutal climate. If I don't have guests coming out, I do not run the generator. I try to have enough oil. I use oil drip (ph) stoves. I run jet fuel through them, so I stay plenty warm. But like, this winter, I ran out of fuel, had to go some days without any heat at all. So you need to know how to prepare yourself for that.
VAN SUSTEREN: How cold?
AIKENS: Sixty-two below zero, 60 mile an hour winds.
VAN SUSTEREN: Without any fuel? How do you day warm in that? I can't stay warm in, you know, zero weather.
AIKENS: I don't think this is the location for you, then, for a permanent dwelling. I sew my own fur clothing and parkas. You use that. I have a tiny little woodstove that I welded together years ago. I know the coal seams that I can mine, and I always make a pile of coal if I need it. I siphoned everything I could. The little heat pads that you can use, I utilize those. But fur is the way to keep warm out here. It's -- the animals use it, and they don't freeze to death. So I have a fox body suit that I put on, and then caribou leggings, boots, hats, mitts, and I just curled up and waited for the fuel.
VAN SUSTEREN: What about the oil drilling out here? What is your thought on it?
AIKENS: My thought on it, if you -- are you referring to in the Arctic Natural Wildlife Refuge?
VAN SUSTEREN: Yes.
AIKENS: I think the pipeline itself, the oil pipeline along the haul (ph) road, I think it is proof that you can have modern drilling and animal habitation coexist. You know, you can go down the pipeline along the haul road, and you've got moose laying under it, caribou laying under it. I think the technology is there that we can put the drilling together in such a way that the animals are impacted the least. They're very resilient. Like, even here, if too many planes come through, they look at you, scratch their heads and move 100 yards over. It doesn't have to -- it's not the cowboy drilling in Texas in the Depression days. You know, it's a fairly high-tech field. So I am all for the drilling, as long as it is ecologically, responsibly done.
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VAN SUSTEREN: All right, if you think Susan Aikens is fascinating, like we do, you are in luck because there's more to the interview with her. We're going to post the entire interview on GretaWire, and you don't want to miss it. Likewise, we're going to post our entire trip to ANWR with the Palins. Go to GretaWire.com. It'll be posted sometime this week.