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Title: Under what conditions can oil and gas developments in the Arctic be acceptable, and to whom?
Authors: Palmer, A.C. 
Issue Date: 2009
Citation: Palmer, A.C. (2009). Under what conditions can oil and gas developments in the Arctic be acceptable, and to whom?. Polar Record 45 (2) : 113-117. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: It is sometimes argued that the Arctic is so fragile that oil and gas development is never acceptable. Occasionally the argument rests on a fundamental objection to any development of fossil fuel resources. This paper will argue that under some conditions development can be carried out in a way that safeguards the natural environment, and that when the resources are exhausted all traces can be removed. This conclusion applies both offshore and onshore. It will require great sensitivity and care, and the application of the best technology developed by the petroleum industry for developments elsewhere. Some locations will have to be left inviolate until better technology is discovered, and perhaps for ever. The argument will be illustrated by case studies, some of them taken from completed projects. © Cambridge University Press 2009.
Source Title: Polar Record
ISSN: 00322474
DOI: 10.1017/S0032247408007808
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