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.
While carbon dioxide has long been on the forefront of climate change discussion, science shows that another greenhouse gas, methane, is proving to be a much stronger pollutant. Methane is dangerous because of its heat trapping ability once it’s in the atmosphere.
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.