July 5, 2013

USGS Study on Arctic Drilling Safety

The L.A. Times recently reported on the scientific uncertainties surrounding oil exploration off the shorelines of Alaska, spotlighting a 292-page report released by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGA) at the end of June.


USGS Study on Arctic Drilling Safety

The USGA’s report highlights the uncertainties of recent climate change, the impact on the area’s ecosystem and the long-term impact of Arctic development in the area. The report did not include many answers, according to the Times, but was seen as a way to jump-start the conversation with the parties involved in Arctic drilling. The oil industry released its own report in 2010, with Shell Alaska providing an assessment based on their own experiences in the area. In March of 2011, environmental groups released their own report, questioning the gaps in knowledge about Arctic drilling.|