Full set of tools needed for US Arctic spill response, NRC finds

05/05/2014
A full slate of response tools will be needed to address crude oil spills in the US Arctic, but not all of those tools are readily available, the National Research Council said in a new report. While much is known already about both the behavior of oil and response technologies in Arctic environments, there are areas where additional research would enable more informed decisions about the most effective responses for different Arctic spill situations, the Apr. 23 report added. "The Arctic system serves as an integrator for the Earth's physical, biological, oceanic, and atmospheric processes, with impacts beyond the Arctic itself," it stated. "The risk of an oil spill in the...
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