Oil company commits to unprecedented safeguards to prevent an oil disaster in the Arctic, but will it be enough?
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Oil drilling in the frigid Arctic waters off Alaska could begin as early as June, after the Obama administration this week approved an emergency response plan proposed by Shell.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said the response plan heeds the lessons of the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. The company was required to prepare a plan for a worst-case discharge nearly five times more than the amount envisioned by the previous plan, including a specific response for adverse weather conditions. The company’s new plan also includes equipment and strategies to respond to a loss of well control and a spill. (more…)
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