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Tom Bonnett, Sky News Online
A fuel tanker carrying around nine million litres of diesel has run aground in the far north of Canada and is at risk of spilling its cargo into the Arctic.
By ROB GILLIES (AP) – 1 hour ago
TORONTO — A fuel tanker carrying supplies for Arctic communities has run aground in the Northwest Passage but no diesel is leaking, the Canadian Coast Guard said Thursday.
Larry Trigatti, the Canadian Coast Guard's superintendent of environmental response in the central and Arctic region, said the vessel isn't leaking and there is no reported damage.
"It has been verified. There is no leaking product and no reported damage but it is aground," Trigatti said.
Trigatti said the ship is stuck but it's not taking on any water.
He said the coast guard ship Henry Larsen is nearby. The tanker, which is owned by Woodward's Oil, was resupplying northern Inuit communities. It ran aground southwest of the Canadian territory of Nunavut.
Originally posted by tarifa37
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Ironically its due to global warming that theses ships can now take advantage of the North passage because the ice is not there in the summer months.
I think we need to look at what lessons we have learnt over the last couple of weeks and then look at what is being proposed for the Arctic.
Oil tankers and oil platforms operating in the Arctic is a completely different animal than anywhere else.
As we keep seeing, navigation charts are inaccurate or nonexistent and the environment does not permit even one mistake or the consequences are enormous, often catastrophic/fatal.
Oil companies and some Canadian government officials (the latest being Senator Angus, linked to big business) see no issue with putting deep water oil rigs and heavy tanker traffic in the Arctic, when the dangers of operating in this environment are repeatedly demonstrated in the simplest existing uses and under the best conditions. As we can see in this instance.
We need to stop and learn for a while. The oil will still be there and worth even more. We need to take a deep breath and truly get a handle the impacts and create the right technologies and response procedures...not reuse ones from the Gulf, which have no place in the Arctic, even if they had worked.
There are no “do overs” in the Arctic. Let’s do it right or we will pay too high a price to make some already rich people richer.
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