The problems of oil pollution in ice-covered arctic seas are discussed, based on the experiences and studies in the Beaufort Sea made by the United States' Outer Continental Shelf Environmental Assessment Program and by the Canadian Beaufort Sea Project. Problems of offshore petroleum operations in the Beaufort Sea are described in terms of sea ice hazards, subsea permafrost, ice gouging and climatic extremes, and the risks they pose, particularly in causing possible accidental oils spills. The probability of blowouts and other oil-spilling accidents in ice-covered waters are discussed and the likely transport pathways and behavior of oil spilled in and under the sea ice are reviewed. (Author)

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 393-406

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00331686
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Arctic Science and Technology Information System
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Volume 1 Conf Proc
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 12 1981 12:00AM