The "New Technology" Scam

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

In the push to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil development, the big oil companies and their allies in the Congress, Administration, and Alaska state government say drilling on Alaska’s North Slope has been clean and environmentally benign. They profess a commitment to strict environmental regulation, and they assert that new technologies – particularly ice roads and directional drilling – will reduce even further any impact of drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

This is misleading because industry has caused significant environmental damage, the benefits of dubious “new” technologies are often exaggerated, and state of the art practices are often not used due to economics or practical reasons. The result: cumulative harm to the pristine environment.

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