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Arctic oil spill response plans are triumphs of hope over expectation | Damian Carrington, guardian.co.uk

An oil spill response plan is, all can agree, a critical document, particularly when drilling is breaking new ground in the Arctic. But Cairn Energy’s plan, released despite their best efforts to keep it secret, has now been analysed and the verdict, say campaigners, is damning.

Professor Richard Steiner, formerly at the University of Alaska and an authority on oil spills, said Cairn “dramatically understates the potential size and impacts of a blow out … and dramatically overstates the potential effectiveness of any spill response.”

Read more here: Arctic oil spill response plans are triumphs of hope over expectation | Damian Carrington | Environment | guardian.co.uk.

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