Gulf of Mexico Leak May Slow Arctic 'Cold Rush'

Publication: Reuters

Author: Alister Doyle


05/06/2010 - The oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico may slow any "cold rush" to explore the Arctic, where companies would struggle to clean up spills in remote, icy seas, experts say.

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But Marilyn Heiman, head of the U.S. Pew Environment Group's Arctic Program, said: "We don't believe there is adequate spill response planned for the Arctic." Documents show Shell's worst case is a blowout of 5,500 barrels per day -- comparable to BP's well -- lasting a maximum 30 days.

Pew and some other conservation groups wrote to U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar this week asking him to reconsider approval for Shell to drill in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas this summer. The plan faces some legal challenges.

Read the full article Gulf of Mexico Leak May Slow Arctic 'Cold Rush' on Reuters' Web site.

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