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The Arctic is believed to contain as much as one-quarter of the world’s undiscovered energy resources. Mineral and hydrocarbon resources in the Arctic are well-documented and in the past decades efforts have been made to harvest those resources. However, ultimately the frigid environment was too risky and the cost of production too high to make operations worthwhile. Today, climate change (arctic ice is melting), new technology and increased location restrictions at home have changed the game.  Operations in the Arctic may have become worthwhile.

 

Players to watch are Russia, Norway, USA, Denmark (Greenland) and Canada.  Other players are Finland, Iceland, and Sweden.

 

Canada

 

-          In addition to oil and gas, look for diamond or iron or some other kind of mining (article)

-          Most experts believe that some 20-25% of Canada’s conventional oil and gas potential occur in Nunavut. (article)

-          At present there is no active exploration ongoing in these areas, though we remain optimistic that part of the Sverdrup Basin will be considered in the next few years, and that we may see exploration in the eastern offshore perhaps within this decade. (article)

-          “There are all kinds of environmental consequences of drilling for oil and gas. Canadian Arctic is one of the most remote parts of the Arctic. So if something were to go wrong, it would be incredibly hard to deal with.”  Charles Emmerson . (article)

-          Ottawa already has enough energy environmental concerns to deal with in the Alberta oil sands, and may not have the political appetite to take on environmentalists who are ramping up their global campaign against Arctic development.”  Yadullah Hussain  (article)

-          The Premiers of the Yukon, NWT and Nunavut are pushing for greater say in Canada’s energy policy and on the intergovernmental Arctic Council (an association of coastal states and other interested parties that periodically discuss, security, environment emergency response and development)

-          Husky Energy Inc. is building a 36-kilometre all-weather road between Norman Wells and Tulita (article)

-          Chevron Corp. is planning seismic exploration in the area this year. (article)

-          the government also recently sold two parcels north of Norman Wells, generating $92-million in work commitment. Overall, the oil and gas industry has committed close to $630-million of exploration over the next four to five years. (article)

-          The [Canadian] government has made great noises about the desire for Canada to become an energy superpower, and the Arctic might be part of that.”  Charles Emmerson . (article)

 

Arctic & Area News

 

Date

Source

Title

Comment

2018-08-26

CTV News

Concerns grow about grey water in Canada’s Arctic

Colette Derworiz

- shipping industry

2018-06-11

National Public Radio (US)

Oil Industry Copes With Climate Impacts As Permafrost Thaws

Elizabeth Harball

AO News – Oil & Gas

2017-04-28

Native American Rights Fund (narf.org)

Trump’s Order Silences Alaskan Native Voices

- Bering Sea

2016-10-18

EcoWatch / Greenpeace

The People vs. Arctic Oil

Greenpeace

- Norway

2016-03-20

Aljazeera.com

Canada's Aboriginals go to Supreme Court

Jillian Kestler-D’Amours

- Clyde River

2015-08-21

EcoWatch / Cole Mellino

30 Whales Have Died Off the Coast of Alaska and No One Knows Why

Cole Mellino

- Alaska

2015-08-17

EcoWatch / Annie Leonard

President Obama Gives Shell Final Approval to Drill in the Arctic

Annie Leonard

2015-06-17

Ring of Fire Radio

Opinion:  No Regulations. No Political Help. Citizens Take Aggressive Stand Against SHELL

 

2015-05-11

EcoWatch / Cole Mellino

Obama Administration Approves Shell’s Plan to Drill in the Arctic

Cole Mellino

2015-04-13

Ring of Fire Radio

Judge Grants Shell Restraining Order Against Greenpeace Activists Protesting Arctic Drilling

Amy Eddings

2015-02-24

Express.co.uk

Dozen more mysterious GIANT craters in Russia spark fears of looming natural disaster

Will Stewart

EcoWatch

2015-01-21

Youtube / TEDx Talks

Seven surprising results from the reduction of Arctic Sea ice cover | David Barber | TEDxUManitoba

David Barber

2015-01-15

Youtube / NASA Climate Change

Multi-year Arctic sea ice 2014

NASA Climate Change

2014-12-30

NY Times

The Wreck of the Kulluk

McKenzie Funk

2014-12-15

BBC News Europe

Denmark challenges Russia and Canada over North Pole

 

2014-11-13

EcoWatch / Anastasia Pantsios

Shell Oil Loses Arctic Drilling Lawsuit

Anastasia Pantsios

2014-10-02

Ring of Fire Radio

More than 30,000 Walruses Forced on Shore because of Melting Sea Ice

Amy Eddings

2014-09-22

NASA Goddard

NASA | Arctic Sea Ice Reaches 2014 Minimum Extent

- air conditioner for the planet

2014-09-09

CBC News

Lost Franklin expedition ship found in the Arctic

Sir John Franklin’s ship

2014-09-05

Financial Post

Report says Arctic route is ‘feasible’ option to get Alberta oil to overseas markets

Justin Ling

2014-08-11

Ecowatch / Oil Change Int’l

Exxon Starts ‘Most Controversial Oil Rig in the World’

Andy Rowell

2014-07-01

Greenpeace

Petition:  Save the Arctic – Tell Lego to Dump Shell

www.savethearctic.org

 

2014-07-11

Grist.org

New shipping channel will carry natural gas through the Arctic

John Upton

2014-05-02

EcoWatch / National Research Council

Federal Study Warns Oil Industry Nowhere Near Prepared for Spill in Arctic

Carey L. Biron, Mint Press News

2013-12-05

Globe and Mail

Turf war with Russia looms over Ottawa’s claim to Arctic seabed

Steven Chase

2013-10-25

Greenpeace

Latest Updates from the Arctic Sunrise activists and crew members

Week 6

2013-10-23

National Geographic

Russia Floats Plan for Nuclear Power Plants at Sea

Patrick J. Kiger

- intended to power oil and gas exploration in the Arctic

- nuclear news

2013-09-20

Youtube / Climate Desk

What’s Really Going on With Arctic Sea Ice?

Phil Plait

- you can’t look at the trends year to year, look over a long period of time

2013-06-26

Google News / Business Times (Moscow)

Gazprom abandons arctic gas project for now

 

2012-12-27

Huffington Post

 

Toronto Star (link)

Izok Corridor Deal: Harper’s Cabinet Mulls Massive Chinese Resource Project In Arctic

Bob Weber, The Canadian Press

          260km southeast of Kugluktuk

Nunavut Tourism (map)

 

2012-08-28

Bellona

Russia announces enormous finds of radioactive waste and nuclear reactors in Arctic seas

Charles Digges

2012-08-24

Greenpeace

Greenpeace activists board oil platform in Russian Arctic

 

2012-07-27

Financial Post

The global (sled) race for the Arctic’s oil and gas riches

Yadullah Hussain

2012-07-20

Financial Post

Canada’s Arctic push: Left out in the cold?

Yadullah Hussain

2012-07-12

Financial Post

Nunavut sees devolution light after long Arctic winter

Yadullah Hussain

2012-07-12

Financial Post

Canadian Arctic: ‘A litany of missed opportunities’

Yadullah Hussain

 

 

Arctic region 001

 

Arctic Petroleum potential

 

More information:

 

Mackenzie gas pipeline – an idea which has been around for decades and recently approved (NWT’s centrepiece $16-billion project stuck in regulatory limbo for nine years and finally shelved due to poor economic feasibility) (article)

 

Opposition:

 

Greenpeace – www.greenpeace.org

 

#SaveTheArctic

 

 

 

“The greater Arctic region is one of the world’s last few unexplored energy frontiers: foreboding and risky but irresistible to world powers given its treasures beneath. “ Yadullah Hussain (article)

 

 

 

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Disclaimer: This information has been compiled through private amateur research for the purpose of allowing the reader to make an informed and educated decision.  However, while the information is believed to be reliable, accuracy cannot be guaranteed.

 


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