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Media Coverage for Arctic Oil Spill Report

Report challenges offshore drilling plans in Arctic
November 10, 2010
"Retired Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen, the U.S. incident commander for the BP oil spill, said the Pew report makes valid points about response limitations in the Arctic.
Traditional oil-spill containment equipment used elsewhere could fail in the Arctic, said Allen, who reviewed the report. 'You can't boom an oil spill when the water's frozen,' he told Reuters in a telephone interview.
'You have the tyranny of distance. You have the lack of infrastructure,' he said."
An Arctic oil spill could linger for years
November 11, 2010
"Almost everyone can agree that, however bad the Deepwater Horizon oil blowout in the Gulf of Mexico was, a major spill in an icy Arctic sea would be worse. How much worse? A new report commissioned by the Pew Environment Group tries to examine that question, and the answer is: Get ready for a cleanup that could take years.
Marilyn Heiman of Pew said the new report underlines the need for more studies to measure how standard oil cleanup technologies will work in the Arctic, better understanding of oil spill trajectories during icy conditions, and better plans to deliver a cleanup response in a region that is 1,300 miles from the nearest major port and 950 miles from the nearest Coast Guard base."
Arctic oil spill clean-up plans are 'thoroughly inadequate', industry warned
November 11, 2010
"The report, Oil Spill Prevention and Response in the US Arctic Ocean, by the Pew Environment Group, warns that oil companies are not ready to deal with a spill, despite the lessons of the BP disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.
'There is a lot of pressure by Shell to drill this summer,' Marilyn Heiman, director of the US Arctic programme at Pew said. 'But the oil companies are just not prepared for the Arctic. The spill plans are thoroughly inadequate.' "
Arctic drilling poses untold risks, study concludes
November 12, 2010
Hourly News Update
November 10 and 11, 2010
New Report about Oil Spill Prevention and Response in the Arctic
November 10, 2010
Report details Arctic drilling hazards
November 11, 2010
November 10, 2010
Environment group warns of Arctic oil drilling risks
November 10, 2010
Spill cleanup plans for Arctic ripped as ‘thoroughly inadequate’
November 10, 2010
Environment group warns of Arctic oil drilling risks
November 10, 2010
High Drama Expected at Gulf Spill Hearing
November 8, 2010
Imperial wants extension for Arctic drilling
November 11, 2010
Report warns of dangers of Arctic drilling
November 12, 2010
E&E News PM
Pew calls for enhanced spill-response plan before Arctic drilling
November 10, 2010

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