US Arctic Research Commission
August 16, 2011

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Interior Weighs Options After Judge Rejects Drilling Policy. Oil Drilling in AlaskaThe Obama administration is reviewing a federal court ruling that invalidated new environmental review requirements for oil and natural gas drilling, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Monday. Salazar defended steps his department has taken to overhaul oil and gas drilling since President Obama took office. "Our view is that we need to develop oil and gas in a responsible way," he told reporters on a conference call. Congressional Quarterly


Greenland Publishes Oil Spill Plans. Greenland's government published a response plan in the event of an oil spill off its coast, a move Greenpeace said fell short of what's expected. Greenpeace in early June said it forced energy company Cairn to stop drilling operations in the arctic waters off Greenland for four days when activists suspended themselves from a survival pod on the company's oil rig. UPI


Floating Nuclear Plant Seized in Bankruptcy Proceedings. The Court of Arbitration seized a half-finished floating nuclear power plant. The seizure was requested by Rosenergoatom, a state-owned company that will operate the plant in the Russian Arctic. Ecologists in both Russia and abroad claim the reactor technology is outdated and the idea of a floating nuclear power plant is a high-risk project. Barents Observer


Russia Pushes to Claim Arctic as its Own. Four years ago, Russianrussian flag researchers made a bold, if unseen, move. From a submarine, deep beneath the icy waters of the North Pole, they planted a Russian flag on the ocean floor. Russia has the world's longest Arctic border, which stretches more than 10,000 miles. And for Russia, that 2007 research mission was only the beginning of a major drive to claim ownership of vast portions of the Arctic, as well as the oil and gas deposits that are beneath. NPR

GG Praises Nunavut in First Official Visit to Iqaluit. No, Governor General David Johnston didn't eat any seal heart. But Johnston, on the first day of a six-day Nunavut tour, still got to savor plenty of raw caribou, Arctic char and maqtaq in Iqaluit Aug. 15 during a community feast held in his honor. Seal is normally standard fare for such events, but local hunters had none to offer, so there was no repeat of 2009, when Micha