Report says industry unprepared for Arctic spill responseNews // April 28, 2014
A report produced for the National Research Council (NRC) in the US has concluded that the offshore oil and gas industry is unprepared to respond to an oil spill in the Arctic.
"A changing climate is increasing the accessibility of US Arctic waters to commercial activities such as shipping, oil and gas development, and tourism, raising concern about the risk of oil spills," said the NRC.
The report says that what it called "a full suite of proven oil spill response tools is needed to address potential oil spills in Arctic waters, but not all of them are readily available.
"While much is known about both oil behaviour and response technologies in ice-covered environments, there are areas where additional research would enable more informed decisions about the most effective response strategies for different Arctic spill situations," the report adds.