Report Challenges Offshore Drilling Plans in Arctic

Publication: Reuters

Author: Yereth Rosen

11/10/2010 - Opening the Arctic Ocean to offshore oil development, where several energy companies are pressing to drill, poses risks of devastating spills complicated by harsh weather and months of winter darkness, a new report said on Wednesday.

The report, from the Pew Environment Group, foresees catastrophic damage from a spill in the Arctic, where escaped crude could linger for decades beneath the ice pack and crucial habitat for animals already under stress from climate change, such as polar bears, could be ruined.

The report, written by consultants and started prior to BP's Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, comes as several companies are positioning to convert federal Arctic waters off Alaska into a major new oil-producing basin.

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