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Tag: Arctic drilling


OIL: Drilling company has terrible track record

Re: “Arctic oil drilling looks increasingly risky” (editorial, 1-22).

Excellent editorial. I might add that since 1956, Royal Dutch Shell has also had problems in Nigeria. Nigeria is one of the richest countries in Africa, and it sold its soul to Royal Dutch Shell years ago. Instead of saving and reusing the vented gas, it has continued to waste it and pollute Nigeria’s air, land and rivers. It’s tough to breathe, nothing grows in the soil and forget fishing in the toxic soup.

So I can only imagine a horrific, catastrophic blowout in the Arctic. Forget containment or cleanup.

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OIL: North or south, drilling is still risky

I was pleased to see your story, “Gulf disaster renews debate over Arctic spill” (newstribune.com, 4-22) finally address the very real problems and risks of drilling in the Arctic. Despite oil industry claims, the risk of a major spill in the Arctic is no less than it was in the Gulf of Mexico, though a cleanup would prove to be substantially more difficult, if not impossible.

Already the Arctic is paying the price of our fossil fuel habit. North Alaska is warming at twice the rate of the lower 48. The people of the North Slope are seeing the loss

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