31 Aug '11, 9am

The verdict on #Cairn's oil spill response plan is in: outlandish, simplistic and "wholly inadequate"

The verdict on #Cairn's oil spill response plan is in: outlandish, simplistic and "wholly inadequate"

Earlier this month, after more than 100,000 of you asked Cairn Energy to open up its Arctic oil spill response plan to public scrutiny, the government of Greenland stepped in and published it . The verdict is now in. Veteran marine biologist and international oil spill expert Professor Richard Steiner has completed a review of the plan and, well, it's no wonder Cairn didn't want you to see it. I'm summarising the worst of the admissions, assumptions and omissions below but you can also download Greenpeace's review of the plan and Professer Steiner's in-depth review . Cairn makes some startling admissions in its plan. For example, the company admits that: Any Arctic clean up operation would grind to a halt completely in the winter months.The geography of Greenland's coastline makes it impossible to clean up a spill ("the coastal environment in Greenland does not facilitate ...

Full article: http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/blog/climate/verdict-cairns-...

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