20 Apr '12, 4pm

New Q&A about why we're working to stop drilling for oil & gas in the Arctic #SaveTheArctic

New Q&A about why we're working to stop drilling for oil & gas in the Arctic #SaveTheArctic

Prince William Sound, Alaska, United States. © Scott Dickerson / WWF-US Layla Hughes, Senior Program Officer for Arctic Oil and Gas Policy in WWF's Alaska office, explains why we are working to stop drilling for oil and gas in the Arctic. Why is WWF concerned about drilling for oil and gas in the Arctic? LH: Oil spills are difficult to contain, even under the best of circumstances. Cleaning up the Deepwater Horizon oil spill that happened in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 was—and still is—challenging. Responding to a spill in the Arctic would be even harder. The area of the U.S. Arctic where oil companies want to drill is in the remote, ice-covered waters of Alaska’s Beaufort and Chukchi Seas—an area known for extreme storms, gale-force winds, moving sea ice, sub-zero temperatures and darkness. Such hostile conditions would make it difficult, if not impossible, to mount a robu...

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

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