Sunday, August 12, 2012

Arctic Offshore Drilling: Scientific American 60sec Report

Drilling for Offshore Oil Comes to the Arctic

As Shell prepares to drill for oil in the Chukchi Sea, what are the risks? David Biello reports

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The Chukchi Sea lies between Alaska and Russia just north of the Bering Strait. Shell Oil hopes to begin drilling in these Arctic waters in the next few days—if the U.S. government grants permission.
The ship Noble Discoverer will drill two exploratory wells to determine what, if any, hydrocarbons are beneath the seabed—and how well drilling equipment can withstand the rigors of the far north. Those rigors include everything from swirling currents and floating ice chunks tomigrating whales.

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