Shell to export Arctic oil drilling failures

Kulluk aground on the southeast side of Sitkalidak Island on 1 January 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Klingenberg

According to multiple media reports, today Shell and Russian company Gazprom Neft will sign an agreement on strategic partnership on the development of hydrocarbons in the Russian Arctic offshore. The expected agreement coincides with the visit of president Putin to the Netherlands on the 8th of April. “This move is of great concern,” says Mikhail Babenko of WWF. “Shell has repeatedly demonstrated in its activities last year in the Alaskan offshore that it does not have the capacity required to safely drill for oil in the Arctic. It would simply…

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Deadly Disease Hits Home of America’s Largest Colony of Endangered Gray Bats

Little brown bat with white-nose syndrome in Greeley Mine, Vermont, March 26, 2009.

Alabama’s Fern Cave Also Hosts up to 1 Million Endangered Indiana Bats DECATUR, Ala. / April 9, 2013 — The devastating bat epidemic known as white-nose syndrome has reached the home of the world’s largest wintering colony of endangered gray bats and as many as a million endangered Indiana bats. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials announced today that the fungal disease, which has killed nearly 7 million bats in 22 eastern states and five Canadian provinces since 2006, has been documented in Fern Cave on Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge…

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