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March/April 2011

Like it or not, global demand for both oil and gas could make drilling in the High Arctic an economic priority. Better to gain the scientific knowledge now, than after the fact should any problems or issues arise.

Do oil and water mix? Possibly. Questions (and affront in some circles) were raised recently over media reports that oil company giants, BP and Imperial Oil, were funding High Arctic climate change research with the assistance of the Canadian Coast Guard vessel, Amundsen. Ironic, even improper though it may have seemed to some, especially those already in vocal opposition to Arctic drilling for oil or gas, a strong case can be made that invaluable research is being conducted now, in advance of the inevitable. That being that one day, like it or not, global demand for both oil and gas could make drilling in the High Arctic an economic priority. Better to gain the scientific knowledge now, than after the fact should any problems or issues arise.