Tagged: Arctic

Emergency response, navigation, and charting has not kept pace with the rapidly changing polar region. (Credit: Shutterstock)

Race For The Arctic?

With the Arctic becoming more accessible due to receding ice, and congressional interest in the Arctic agenda on the rise with the U.S. chairmanship of the Arctic Council, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs held a Joint Subcommittee hearing titled, “Charting the Arctic: Security, Economic, and Resource Opportunities.”

The Coast Guard is studying a new shipping route through the Bering Strait, which separates the U.S. from Russia links the Arctic and Pacific oceans, as marine traffic in the Far North increases. In 2014, the Coast Guard counted 340 transits through the Bering Strait made by about 120 large vessels. (Credit: NASA)

Coast Guard Studies Shipping Lanes For Bering Sea Routes

More Arctic sea ice melting each summer from global warming is making it easier for ships to plot routes through the environmentally sensitive Bering Strait, and is prompting concerns among U.S. Coast Guard officials about the potential dangers of a vessel crashing and leaking oil.

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Obama Administration Cancels Two Oil Lease Sales

Citing Shell’s decision to indefinitely cancel plans to explore for oil in the Chukchi Sea after drilling an initial, unsuccessful test well, the Interior Department late Friday announced it was canceling two Arctic ocean oil lease sales scheduled for 2016 and 2017.