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Greenpeace slams arctic oil spill plan

Greenpeace slams arctic oil spill plan
Phil Radford, Greenpeace Director. UPI/Kevin Dietsch | License Photo

LONDON, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- Greenland should pull a drilling permit from Cairn Energy in its arctic waters because its oil spill response plan is inadequate, Greenpeace said.

Greenpeace has launched an aggressive campaign to get Cairn Energy to release plans outlining how it would handle an oil spill in arctic waters off Greenland's coast. Despite its optimism, Cairn has so far turned up empty handed in its drilling campaign there.

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Melting sea ice is exposing some of the last untapped oil and gas reserves in the world. Environmental groups like Greenpeace are concerned about what would happen if a spill like last year's Deepwater Horizon occurred in arctic waters.

Cairn in its plan admitted to difficulties in cleanup operations given the volatile conditions in arctic waters.

Greenpeace, in response, said the plan isn't good enough. "In short, the plan is wholly inadequate," the advocacy group said.

Greenland's government published a 214-page response plan in August that outlines monitoring equipment, response plans and spill movement scenarios. The initial response includes controlled burns, onshore response and the use of chemical dispersants.

Cairn sued Greenpeace early this year for harassing its drilling rig off Greenland's coast.

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