posted on Aug, 25 2010 @ 09:01 AM
reply to post by The Djin
Latest mail from greenpeace:
We've arrived at the site of current deepwater oil drilling in the Arctic. The Esperanza is currently anchored about 2km from the oil rig in the
Davis Straits between Canada and Greenland – also known as iceberg alley. We're here to tell them to end deepwater drilling. And we need you to do
It's a UK company that has come to one of the most remote and harsh environments on the planet in pursuit of the last drops of oil. Cairn Energy is
currently drilling two wells off the west coast of Greenland and has plans for two more wells in the area before the end of the summer. Companies like
Cairn and BP are desperate to pursue the last oil on Earth, even if that means risking our environment and climate in the process.
The Arctic is a barometer of the health of the planet. It's home to some of the world's most distinctive mammals like polar bears, walruses,
caribou, narwhals and beluga whales. It supports millions of migratory and resident birds. The Arctic also plays a major role in the regulation of the
global climate by acting like a giant reflective shield limiting the amount of sun and heat absorbed by the Earth.
Drilling in the Arctic is too risky and a spill in the region would be catastrophic. Cairn is employing small ships to drag icebergs out the way of
their rigs, but that only works for small icebergs. When they get big, they've got to move the rigs – fast.
Deepwater drilling in the Arctic is a disaster waiting to happen. Canadian regulators say that drilling a 'relief well' in the Arctic would take at
least three years to complete, leaving the oil to gush out until the job is done.
In the next hour we're going to send an inflatable boat with a few of the crew to go and talk to the rig manager about the devastating consequences
if a spill occurred in the Arctic.