Hydrocarbon Development in the Offshore Arctic: Can it be Done Sustainably?
Article from: OGEL 2 (2012), in Polar Energy Law (Arctic, Antarctic)
Climate change in the Arctic is proceeding at twice the rate seen in the rest of the world. Melting sea ice and other changes present us with challenges as well as opportunities. A major challenge is the protection of the vulnerable Arctic environment; opportunities include the possibility of extending offshore oil and gas activities further out to sea. Even though the exploitation of hydrocarbons in the vulnerable Arctic environment can severely damage the region's ecosystems - and the use of the oil and gas will accelerate global climate change - the combined effect of climate change ...