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EPA grants Shell permits to drill in Alaska's Arctic waters in 2012 despite Shell's inadequate oil spill response plan:

Shell secures permits to drill for oil in America's Arctic waters in 2012. A Coast Guard crew conducts research in the Alaskan Arctic's waters in July 2011. Photo courtesy NASA/Kathryn Hansen A massive oil spill announced this week off the coast of western Sweden feels like an ominous harbinger for America’s Arctic Ocean. Just days following the spill near the Swedish island of Tjörn, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued air permits for Shell Oil’s plans to drill in the Alaskan Arctic in 2012. EPA issued the permits despite the fact that Shell’s oil spill response plan for the region’s icy, remote waters is totally inadequate. Sweden’s disaster serves as a cautionary tale for America’s Arctic Ocean. The spill near Tjörn —a small island renowned for its natural beauty—is killing birds, polluting the shoreline and may not be cleaned up until next summer, threateni...

Full article: http://earthjustice.org/blog/2011-september/swedish-oil-s...

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