The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management recently issued an analysis predicting that Lease Sale 193 in the Arctic Ocean’s Chukchi Sea—if developed—has a 75 percent chance of a large oil spill. Amazingly, the agency is proceeding with Shell’s plans to drill there.
The push to drill for offshore oil in the Arctic Ocean never seems to end, despite the potential for a catastrophic oil spill by an industry that has not proved itself capable of operating safely in Alaska’s cold, stormy and remote seas.
Editor's note: Nicole Whittington-Evans is The Wilderness Society's Alaska Director. In this blog she reflects on the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Prince William Sound and the lessons to be learned for Alaska's Arctic waters today.