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Arctic Standards for Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling

On July 7, 2016, the federal government issued final rules for offshore oil and gas exploration to improve safety and help prevent spills in the U.S. Arctic Ocean. These Arctic-specific standards were developed to address the region’s remoteness and particular weather conditions, which are much more challenging than those in the temperate waters where most of the country’s offshore drilling occurs.

Learn more about the culture and wildlife in this special region, and how strong standards can prevent spills and protect the people and ecosystems of the Arctic.

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