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As US renews pledge to drill in Arctic waters, Greenland places moratorium on new leases
By: Lauren McCauley | Common Dreams:
A White House official reaffirmed Wednesday the Obama administration’s commitment to the Arctic offshore drilling program despite the “dangerous risk” of catastrophic consequences for the pristine marine ecosystem.
Speaking via video conference before a Alaskan Senate hearing in Anchorage regarding the recent grounding of Shell’s Kulluk drilling rig, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Director Tommy Beaudreau said, “The administration is committed to supporting safe and responsible exploration of potential energy resources in frontier areas such as the Arctic.”