Saturday, September 10, 2011

Canada unprepared for Arctic oil spill, group says

Canada should temporarily stop giving oil companies licences to drill in the Arctic because it is unprepared to handle any oil spill that may result, a new report says.

"We need to push the pause button for a while," said Trevor Taylor, policy director for the Pew Environment Group's Oceans North Canada and one of the co-authors of the report. The group is a U.S.-based foundation focused on promoting public policy on environmental issues, and Oceans North Canada is its Arctic-focused Canadian arm.

The report released Friday follows a similar report from the World Wildlife Fund a day earlier that estimated weather conditions in the Arctic would make it impossible to deploy an emergency oil-spill response 84 per cent of the time. more