According to this oil company, Arctic drilling is a bad idea

by Ben Ayliffe

September 26, 2012

Activists unfurl a banner reading, 'Don't Wreck The Arctic, #SaveTheArctic' from the Greenpeace ship MY Arctic Sunrise. Greenpeace is protesting Gazprom's giant Arctic oil platform off the North-eastern coast of Russia in the Pechora Sea. Gazprom looks set to begin full commercial drilling operations by early next year, becoming the first ever company to start commercial oil production in the offshore Arctic. 27/08/12

© Denis Sinyakov / Greenpeace

[caption id="attachment_10594" align="alignnone" width="600" caption="Greenpeace protests oil drilling in the Arctic"][/caption] "Oil on Greenland would be a disaster." "Energy companies should not drill for crude in Arctic waters." "The risk of an oil spill in such an environmentally sensitive area is simply too high." Sounds familiar? Today, its not Greenpeace saying this its a major oil company. Total has warned today in aFinancial Times articleagainst drilling for oil in the Arctic. Thedangers of Arctic oilare nothing new thats exactly what weve been saying for a long time now but this is the first time a major oil company says the same. Save the Arctic: Take Action When an oil baron warns against Arctic drilling the world should sit up and take notice. Total admitting that an oil spill in the ice would be devastating flies in the face of the bland reassurances from the likes of Shell and Gazprom that they can operate safely in the most extreme environment on Earth. Some cynical people might say that Total should know what kind of effect a major oil spill has on your companys reputation they were handed a massive fine just yesterday by a French court for the Erika oil disaster. However, this is simply a case of a company coming to its senses, and realizing some risks are not worth taking. Almost 2 million people have said no to Arctic drilling already. A major oil company might be a strange bedfellow but this is simply common sense.

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