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Oil spill loopholes?

As discussions of Arctic drilling continue to swirl a new hiccup emerges. Officials in Canada are reviewing the requirements that Arctic drilling operations have the capacity to drill same season relief wells in the event of a blow-out. This requirement is being reviewed for companies looking to drill in the …

GAO report criticizes Arctic strategy

The United States is poised to take over chairmanship of the Arctic Council in 2015, but a report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) finds that agencies may not be ready to do it. In essence, while the US Government has plenty of cooks in the kitchen managing various Arctic …

NOAA to focus on Weather and Ice in the Arctic

As the next to follow suit and release a plan for Arctic activities, earlier this week the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) published their plan for the Arctic. The plan focuses mainly on the missions of NOAA – weather, climate, and resource management. The full report is here: http://www.arctic.noaa.gov/NOAAarcticactionplan2014.pdf The …

Investing in restoration pays

A report released by the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) says that every federal dollar spent produces a return on investment of $7-9. Habitat restoration projects generated $326 million dollars in economic activity nation wide. This is without inclusion of potential additional benefits of ecological services, improved recreational opportunities, …