Planet Ark : Warming Climate Challenges Alaska Oil Drillers

Ice bridges are not what they’re used to be

If you want to drill for oil in Alaska, you’ll better build some good streets or soild ships because global warming will turn ice bridges into mud holes. No wonder Governor Murkowski (Alaska, see below) is in such a hurry.

» Planet Ark : Warming Climate Challenges Alaska Oil Drillers: “The Arctic chill is not what it used to be. Just ask the oil companies that depend on long periods of hard freeze to haul heavy equipment and drill into the tundra of Alaska’s North Slope.

In past years, companies could start that work in November. Now they commonly wait until January. In 1970, there were over 200 days with sufficient snow and ice to meet state standards for safe tundra travel; now that period is half as long, Alaska Department of Natural Resources statistics show. As a result, oil searches are too rushed and costly, industry officials say.”

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