BP moves in on the Arctic

BP moves in on the Arctic – Brief Article

Greenpeace activists have set up an ‘Arctic ice camp’ to protest against BP Amoco’s Arctic oil drilling. The camp is one mile from the construction site of the petroleum group’s Northstar, the first offshore oil project in the Alaskan Arctic.

Every year, a portion of ice the size of Wales melts from the Arctic ice cap. BP Amoco’s planned oil rig would speed up the effects of climate change. According to the US Army Corps of Engineers, Northstar is also being built using untested, hazardous technology. The engineers believe there is a one in four chance of an oil spill from the rig’s submerged pipeline. ‘BP’s customers would be shocked to see what the company is trying do out here,’ says a Greenpeace spokesperson.

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