On Deepwater Blow-out Anniversary, Arctic Still Unprepared For Major Spill
Alexander Shestakov, head of WWF’s Global Arctic Programme says the new measures are still not enough to prevent or clean up a similar catastrophic event. “The Arctic is still under-protected from oil spills. We have neither the technology nor the capacity to effectively clean up oil spills in icy waters, and we have not protected areas key to local livelihoods and Arctic ecosystems. New drilling in the Arctic is unacceptable due to the level of risk and the need to urgently address climate change.”
Next week, a new report from the Unites States’ National Research Council will analyze the capacity of the U.S. to respond to an Arctic oil spill. The report’s authors say it will evaluate the effectiveness and limitations of current response tools and technologies, and recommend strategies for prevention and mitigation.