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Two Greenpeace ships confront world’s most controversial oil rig

onfidential UK government documents acquired by Greenpeace and released today reveal that the British foreign office believes any oil spill in Arctic waters would be impossible to deal with. The rig’s destination, in a place known locally as iceberg alley in the freezing seas between Canada and Greenland, is a dangerous minefield of travelling icebergs – just one of the many reasons that drilling for oil here is a risky business. The company is planning to drill at depths of 1500m – as deep as the BP well that blew up in the Gulf of Mexico last year – but in far more challenging conditions. Freezing temperatures, severe weather and a highly remote location mean any spill could be very difficult – if not impossible – to contain and clean up. [Source]

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