Oil Drilling in Arctic Waters

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Essay #: 071721
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Oil Drilling in Arctic Waters
A major marine conservation issue today is whether or not to permit the drilling for oil and gas under the Arctic Ocean or its adjacent arms such as the Beauford Sea or Chukchi Seas. Following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon [Macondo/MC252] blow out in the Gulf of Mexico and remembering the 1989 Exxon-Valdez disaster conservationists were upset that a recent U.S. government commission on offshore drilling did not suggest a blanket moratorium on Arctic Drilling. This paper will first outline reasons against such a moratorium based on assurances by Royal Dutch Shell, a company that has invested several billion dollars to obtain rights to drill in the Arctic. It will then identify the major concerns against Arctic...
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