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Tsunami Separates Ice from Antarctica

August 12th, 2011 | By | Filed in Current Events, IN THE NEWS

This dramatic time-lapse video from NASA clearly shows the impact the recent tsunami which so tragically affected Japan had on the Sulzberger Ice Shelf in Antarctica.

Challenges To Arctic Drilling

August 10th, 2011 | By | Filed in Current Events, IN THE NEWS

There's a great op-ed piece up at the New York Times by writer Clifford Krauss speculating on the future of arctic drilling, now that Shell Oil has been granted conditional approval for its plan to drill in the Beauford Sea off the North Slope of Alaska.
Last year, drilling appeared to be on track until an E.P.A. appeals panel delayed an air quality permit because it wanted more time to consider the potential impact of exploration rigs’ diesel emissions on local indigenous communities. Shell decided six months ago to put off drilling until 2012, fearing it would not have time to get equipment in place for the summer drilling season. Complicating the political calculus was last year’s deadly accident and oil spill at a BP well in the Gulf of Mexico.
The entire piece is well worth a read, it sums up the current situation nicely and suggests a number of challenges oil companies will face, including from conservation and environmental groups.
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