05/11/2010 - For three weeks the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has raced ahead of cleanup efforts, despite temperate weather and extensive spill-response resources in the area. Yet the Interior Department has approved plans to drill exploratory offshore wells this summer in the U.S. Arctic, where cleanup technology is extremely limited. In fact, for much of the year, the Arctic Ocean is a vast expanse of broken ice, sub-zero cold, extended storms and continuous darkness.
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