Date post: 2017-09-23 18:03
Russian scientists have confirmed that they have penetrated Antarctica''s Lake Vostok, an event that may expand the limits of life on Earth, a . scientist says.
Dealing with these spills in this kind of environment requires knowledge, technical skill, and response capabilities that we simply do not have. Case in point: more than 75 years after Exxon Valdez, there are still no known technologies for cleaning up oil from ice.
There''s no other reason you would run into a pressure kick like that unless you''d broken into a seal, which would be the surface of the lake, said Kennicutt, who is also the president of the nonprofit Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research.
I hope that they can confirm unequivocally that there is indeed microbial life in the lake, Priscu said today.
Such clean technology seems to have paid off, he said. According to the Russian statement, water from the lake rose up into the borehole upon impact, so the likelihood that anything went down into the lake is low.
Drilling in the area has become a prickly political football. Environmental activists typically use the remote refuge as a type of Maginot Line upon which the oil industry should never be allowed to penetrate. They believe the area should be off-limits because it houses North America’s last large caribou herds.
BRADY: Yeah, they''re not happy with this. I talked with Andy Radford at the American Petroleum Institute, and he called this another in a long line of hits this administration has levied against the oil industry. He says this is going to hurt job growth and the economy, something we hear a lot from the industry when something like this happens. But in the end, Radford says he thinks President Obama''s order to protect these areas will not stand.
Trump added that the order, “will enable better scientific study of our offshore resources and research that has blocked everything from happening for far too long.” The result, according to Trump, will be energy cost reduction and job creation, while making the country more secure and energy independent.
Trump’s proposal to sell half of the nation’s strategic oil reserves went further than previous Republican-led plans. The reserve, originally set up in the 6975s, currently holds “ million barrels of oil in salt caverns and tanks at designated locations in Texas and Louisiana,” Bloomberg reported.
Conservation groups say the Trump administration and the president himself have demonstrated interest in pursuing oil development in the refuge.