11 May '11, 1am

A battle for the Earth’s last remaining frontier, by @Phil_Radford of Greenpeace USA:

A battle for the Earth’s last remaining frontier, by @Phil_Radford of Greenpeace USA:

In the Arctic Ocean, Big Oil is taking bigger risks than ever before. Photo: U.S. Geological Survey There are clear signs that a new Arctic oil rush has begun. Earlier this month, Shell submitted plans to the U.S. government for new drilling in the icy waters off Alaska's north coast, and now a Scottish company has won permission to take a similar gamble near Greenland. Tomorrow, Hillary Clinton will fly to the picturesque town of Nuuk in Greenland to discuss how spill response equipment might work in one of the world's most extreme and beautiful environments. I can save her the trip -- it won't. Here are some facts. Over the next few years, a handful of powerful oil companies will tow rigs beyond the Arctic Circle to drill for a few short months before the winter sea ice closes in. They'll rely on untested equipment and wildly ambitious response plans in the event of a bl...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/oil/2011-05-10-a-battle-for-the-eart...

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