After BP's Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the U.S. Interior Department issued new safety regulations for offshore drilling.
Now, BP wants to drill two miles into the seabed of the Beaufort Sea off the northern coast of Alaska -- and then drill horizontally for up to eight miles to get to the oil they believe is there.
It is called the Liberty Project, which calls for drilling into the seabed three miles off Alaska's coast. There is a moratorium on offshore drilling. But so far, regulators have cleared the project because BP is claiming that this is an onshore project due to the fact that they will begin drilling from an artificial island they built out of gravel...three miles off the coast.
BP has secured federal and state environmental permits, but they still await final approval from the Department of the Interior.
Liberty is "not covered by the moratorium," BP spokesman Steve Rinehart said in June, according to Bloomberg Businessweek. "It’s a land-based rig on a gravel island in shallow water and is not exploration."
According to the New York Times, one federal scientist said, "The whole process for approving Liberty was bizarre."
"What they’re actually proposing to do is insane," according to a Greenpeace statement. "It’s a disaster waiting to happen in a place where oil spill cleanup is impossible."
"It makes no sense," said Rebecca Noblin, the Alaska director for the Center for Biological Diversity. "BP pushes the envelope in the gulf and ends up causing the moratorium. And now in the Arctic they are forging ahead again with untested technology, and as a result they’re the only ones left being allowed to drill there."
- Sign the Greenpeace letter urging Interior Secretary Salazar to deny BP’s application to drill for the Liberty project
- Sign a Change.org petition urging President Obama to stop offshore oil drilling and demand a clean energy future
- Sign the Food & Water Watch petition urging President Obama and Secretary Salazar to shut down BP Atlantis
- Sign a Climate Protection Action Fund letter demanding that the U.S. Senate pass comprehensive climate and clean energy legislation
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image: The BP drilling station on the artificial island in the Beaufort Sea (credit: Damon Winter/New York Times)