Approval of Shell's spill response plan doesn't mean they can recover oil in the Arctic

Feb 17, 2012

Approval of Shell's spill response plan doesn't mean they can recover oil in the Arctic
ViewEdit.February 17, 2012

The following statement from Lois Epstein, P.E., Arctic Program Director, The Wilderness Society, is in response to the federal government approving Shell Oil Co.’s spill response plan for the Chukchi Sea:

“During the same week that a well located less than two miles from the Arctic Ocean experienced a blowout taking days to control, the Obama administration today approved Shell’s spill response plan for drilling in the Arctic Ocean’s Chukchi Sea this summer. Shell may have met all federal spill response requirements, but this does not mean that meaningful quantities of oil would be recovered after a major spill in the Arctic Ocean. Only about 3 percent of the oil was recovered after the BP spill, which occurred under temperate conditions.

“The Obama administration is caving in to relentless industry pressure to approve drilling in the Arctic Ocean before implementing key recommendations from the various post-BP investigative commissions; without sufficiently understanding the region’s ecology and the impacts a major spill would have including on subsistence; and with only primitive spill 'cleanup' tools available.”

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