27 June 2012, 12:55

Arctic Council countries to cooperate in removing oil slicks – official

Arctic Council countries to cooperate in removing oil slicks – official

The Arctic Council member-states are negotiating cooperation in removing oil slicks and preventing oil spills in the Arctic, said Russia’s representative at the Council, Anton Vassilyev, earlier today.

He was addressing the participants in an international conference on permafrost studies that is under way in the Russian city of Salekhard, Siberia.

Some 500 experts from 35 countries are taking part. A recent WWF report on oil slicks in the Arctic suggested that the development of new deposits in the region should be suspended until new effective ways to prevent oil spills are found.

According to earlier reports, the United States is going to boost oil production north of Alaska, with Royal Dutch Shell due to take care of exploration well drilling.

 

TASS, RIAN

 

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