13 Mar '12, 4pm

Shell hires dogs to detect oil spills in Arctic

Shell hires dogs to detect oil spills in Arctic

Some of Shell’s newest employees are decidedly cuddlier than the middle-aged white dudes we typically associate with the oil behemoth. That’s because they’re a dachshund and two border collies. New information reveals that the company has experimented with using three dogs — Jippi, Blues, and Tara — as a cheap and effective way to detect oil spills in the Arctic. The dogs’ ability to sniff out oil spills beneath snow and ice has been tested and paid for by Shell — and other oil companies and government research organizations — in preparation for the industry’s entry into the forbidding Arctic terrain. The company hopes to begin drilling for oil off the northwest coast of Alaska in June. Because the Arctic is a remote place with extreme weather conditions, it can be tricky to use technology to detect oil spills. The situation gets even more difficult because Shell plans to ...

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