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Sanctions on Russia to Freeze ExxonMobil’s Arctic Drilling Efforts

Last week the U.S. Treasury Dept. issued new sanctions that are expected to force ExxonMobil to halt its current Arctic drilling operations, a $700 million dollar partnership with Russian energy company Rosneft. Earlier sanctions only applied to new financial transactions and therefore did not stop the energy giants from moving the West Alpha drilling rig hundreds […]

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Arctic Drilling: Not Ready for Prime Time

The USCG said Friday that it is coordinating a response with Royal Dutch Shell representatives after the company’s brand new $200 million tugboat experienced multiple engine failures while towing Shell’s arctic semisubmersible drilling rig, the Kulluk, approximately 50 miles south of Kodiak Island Friday, in 20-foot seas. Rough but not unusual conditions for the Arctic.   […]

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Drilling off Cuba, Drilling in the Arctic – And No Monitoring Capability. Really?!

Soapbox time! Here at SkyTruth we’ve been concerned about the loss of the world’s premier tool for offshore monitoring with the demise of the European Space Agency’s excellent Envisat satellite in early April.  The successor, Sentinel, won’t be launched until sometime next year at the earliest.  Meanwhile, we do have alternatives:  RADARSAT, Cosmo-SkyMed, and TerraSAR-X.  […]

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Scientists Ask For More Arctic Science Before Drilling

573 scientists, including renowned oceanographer and National Geographic explorer-in-residence Sylvia Earle, signed a letter just delivered to President Obama asking him to follow the recommendations of a 2011 US Geological Survey report to fill in gaps in our understanding of Arctic Ocean marine science, before allowing full-blown oil and gas drilling in the Beaufort and […]

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Bohai Bay Oil Spill – Lessons for Arctic Drilling?

Proponents of drilling in the Arctic Ocean claim the risk of significant spills is much lower than in places like the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, because the water is much shallower and the wells won’t be drilled nearly as deep as BP’s failed Macondo well.  But recent spills in the Bohai Bay off China, including […]

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What We Can See, In Heat Maps

Here at SkyTruth, we depend on our friends at the European Space Agency (ESA), NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) for their support in providing access to data and images from their fleets of government-operated satellites. The Sentinel missions are pairs of satellites that are part of the Copernicus program at ESA. Sentinel 1 […]