Drilling in the Arctic – what is the environmental impact …

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 Drilling in the Arctic – what is the environmental impact?

Greenpeace activists have been charged with piracy for their protest on a Gazprom oil rig. But what are they protesting about and what is the justification for their claims? With your help, Karl Mathiesen investigates. Post your views below, email karl.mathiesen.freelance@guardian.co.uk or tweet @karlmathiesen.


Russia today charged Greenpeace activists with piracy for their protest action on a Gazprom oil rig in the Arctic Circle. Russia’s police action and the potential for draconian punishments (piracy carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in Russia) is “the most serious threat to Greenpeace’s peaceful environmental activism” since the sinking of the Rainbow Warrior, according to Greenpeace executive director, Kumi Naidoo.

Apart from Greenpeace’s right to protest, what is at stake in the Arctic? And why is Greenpeace so concerned about Arctic drilling in particular? 

Today I will be talking to experts, industry and scientists about the potential environmental impacts of an Arctic energy rush. 

You too can help with the investigation. Please write your thoughts in the comments below, or tweet me, or email me. If you are quoting figures or studies, please provide a link through to the original source. Later I will return with my own verdict.

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