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The US Arctic Oil Drilling Project Hits An Ironic Snag

The researchers are currently in the lookout for carrying out the first ever oil drilling task in the US Arctic waters. However, the idea is lately being considered as a tongue in the cheek situation as there are days when there is no sea ice owing to the instant warming taking place in the region.

The Trump administration has already given a go ahead for the Liberty Project so as to haul out oil from underneath the Beaufort Sea located on the North Coast of Alaska.  It is the first ever drilling going to take place in the centrally located waters of the Arctic. The Trump’s policies are reversal of the Obama’s acts that had banned the taking place of any activity of fossil fuels in the Polar Regions. The Texas-based company, Hilcorp Energy, is already working on the strategies to extract the oils. The company behind the project is building a short-term gravel island 5 miles across the offshore in order to help drill into the shallow water. The 9 acre construction requires a stretch of landfast sea ice or a consecutively formed icy layer that attaches to the coast which in the later run can be covered with concrete or gravels. But, a sudden reduction in the shoreline ice has stressed the Hilcorp’s plan of extracting about 70,000 barrels of oil per day which sums up to 150m barrels within a two decades time.

According to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), the Hilcorp’s forecast of completing the island construction in a year is in jeopardy as a result of the sea ice thinning. The transportation of cement and gravels offshore in the Arctic through the ice is also concerning owing to the lack of thickness. The company has currently agreed to wait and start its work in 2020 for getting the drilling island completed. The climatic change caused by the fossil fuel blazing is the reason behind the planet’s warming and also heating the Arctic region double in comparison to the global average. Recently, the Ocean legal Director Kristen Monsell from the Center for Biological Diversity, the opening of the Arctic via offshore oil drilling is going to be a disastrous event as the ecosystem of the Arctic will be disturbed along with the oil spill cleaning a mere impossibility in the already climate change stressed region.