Arctic Standards for Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling

Collected resources on improving safety and preventing spills in the U.S. Arctic Ocean

On July 7, 2016, the federal government issued final rules for offshore oil and gas exploration in the U.S. Arctic Ocean. These Arctic-specific standards were developed to address the region’s remoteness and 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 how these strong standards can prevent spills and protect the people and ecosystems of the Arctic.

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