31 Aug '11, 9pm

Exxon inks deal with Russia's Rosneft: Exxon gets to drill in Russian Arctic, Rosneft gets Gulf of Mexico and Texas.

Exxon signs $3.2 billion deal with Rosneft Oil development in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. Photo by Florian Schulz Environmentalist author Chellis Glendinning’s 2002 work of nonfiction, Off the Map , is an indictment of maps and cartography. Glendinning asserts that maps have historically served as tools of conquest that define the territory which is to be exploited. With that in mind, Exxon’s announcement on Monday that the company inked a deal to drill for oil in Russia’s Arctic waters should be of concern to every American and indeed every human on Earth. See, the thing is, Russia’s Arctic waters don’t stay put within the imaginary lines drawn on a map. So if there is an oil spill as a result of Exxon’s activities, the oil that leaks from the ocean floor will cross all sorts of these imaginary boundaries and threaten the overall health of the Arctic ecosystem. The $3.2-billion ...

Full article: http://earthjustice.org/blog/2011-august/drilling-in-russ...

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