Oil & Gas Development
As activity in frontier areas using unproven technology ramps up, so does the environmental risk – particularly as there are no known solutions to cleaning up oil in ice-covered waters, especially in extreme weather and darkness. WWF is working to ensure that any Arctic oil and gas development happens in the safest way possible.
At the 2011-12 National Energy board Arctic Offshore Drilling Review, WWF and legal counsel Ecojustice, made substantive submissions that called for the protection of highly sensitive areas and the implementation of a Same Season Relief Well Policy. WWF also provided key insights into the challenges of cleaning up an Arctic oil spill, which our analysis found would not be possible 44 to 84 per cent of the short Arctic drilling season.
To achieve its goals, WWF works with key government, indigenous and industry players. We place a high value on partnerships to resolve these complex issues, to build momentum and support as we together create the conditions for responsible industrial practice.