19 Feb '12, 4am

Mission Impossible: Oil Spill Clean-Up in Arctic Waters @World_Wildlife

WASHINGTON, DC, February 17, 2012 – The oil spill response plan approved by the Obama administration today fails to address barriers to cleaning up an oil spill in the icy, unpredictable and inhospitable Arctic waters and poses unacceptably high risks to marine life, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) says. The approval by the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement of Shell Gulf of Mexico, Inc.’s Oil Spill Response Plan for the Chukchi Sea paves the way towards offshore oil exploration off of Alaska’s North Slope this summer. “The risks and potential impacts associated with this Arctic offshore oil development plan are currently unacceptably high and unmanageable” said WWF’s Arctic Program’s Layla Hughes, Senior Program Officer for Oil, Gas and Marine Shipping. “There is no evidence that oil companies and regulators have fully addressed the obvious ...

Full article: http://www.worldwildlife.org/who/media/press/2012/WWFPres...

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