As you know, President Trump recently initiated a Request for Information for revisiting the 5-year offshore drilling plan for 2017-2022. Under the existing 2017-2022 Program, BOEM decided not to include any new lease sales in the Arctic Ocean.
The Arctic Ocean is a vulnerable region that would pose unique threats for drilling. BOEM itself identified a 75% likelihood of such a spill occurring.
Worse, compared to the Deepwater Horizon disaster – which took place in the infrastructure-rich Gulf of Mexico region and still took 87 days to stop,
any development in the Arctic Ocean would take place approximately 1,000 miles from the nearest U.S. Coast Guard station, throwing one of the world’s most fragile ecosystems into jeopardy.