Arctic oil spill is certain if drilling goes ahead, says top scientist – the Guardian

Let me turn your attention to an enlightening article from The Guardian about potential oil spills in the Arctic. According to a leading marine scientist who played a key role in analysis of BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill, a serious oil spill in the Arctic is a “dead cert” if drilling goes ahead. Simon Boxall says:

“It is inevitable you will get a spill – a dead cert. I would expect to see a major spill in the not too distant future. I would be astonished if you did not see a major spill from this.”

“It’s [the Arctic] a completely different environment. In temperate climes, oil disperses quickly. Bacteria help [to digest the oil]. In the Arctic the oil does not break down in this way – it can take decades before it breaks down. Nature will not help us.”

The rest of the article goes on to detail the other threats to the Arctic, which provides a very interesting insight into the drilling from an environmental point of view.

For the full story and an in-depth analysis, I very much recommend you read the full article at: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/19/arctic-oil-drilling-russia

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