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U.S. Gets Cold Feet in Arctic Drilling

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Posted on Sep 4, 2010
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Richard Ellis

Interested party: Polar bears can relax, even if for a little bit, with the U.S. government putting off any new exploratory drilling in the Arctic.

With all of the hullabaloo surrounding the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the government’s lackluster performance in responding to that crisis, U.S. regulatory agencies have waved the yellow flag in allowing new offshore drilling in the Arctic.

In polls of voters, meanwhile, support for offshore drilling is slipping, especially drilling in the environmentally fragile Arctic. —JCL

Los Angeles Times:

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is making it clear that he’s in no hurry to open the door to new exploratory oil and gas drilling in the offshore Arctic—not, he said, until more is known about the potential pitfalls.

Winding up a two-day trip to Alaska’s North Slope that included a town hall in Barrow, a stop at the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, and a flight over the Beaufort and Chukchi seas, Salazar said reports on what caused the Deepwater Horizon blowout in the Gulf of Mexico will have to be in before Shell Alaska can be allowed to commence drilling new wells off Alaska’s northern shores.

That may or may not happen in time for the oil company to begin operations in time for next summer’s drilling season, he added.

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By Jimnp72, September 4, 2010 at 6:47 pm Link to this comment

when the repugs regain control this november dont worry they will continue to
rape the environment as they always have for their own profit. Scum.

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By PatrickHenry, September 4, 2010 at 11:48 am Link to this comment

Corporate russian roulette again with our planets enviroment.

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By Queenie, September 4, 2010 at 11:17 am Link to this comment

I have no doubt that Shell and others will drill in the offshore Arctic. Salazar is just treading water and hoping the A.D.D. inflicted public won’t notice when operations commence.

I have no faith that our government views any part of this planet’s environment as worth saving.

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