Recent News Articles
Greenpeace reports arctic coral bounty
Scientists with environmental group Greenpeace said they found deep-sea coral at a planned oil-drilling site off Alaska.
Greenpeace said their exploration of the lease site in the Chukchi Sea this summer turned up large concentrations of a coral known as sea raspberry, which the Washington Post said could complicate plans by Royal Dutch Shell to begin drilling in the near future.
“Deep-sea corals are cold-water, slow-growing and long-lived animals and highly vulnerable to disturbance,” said John Hocevar, a marine biologist for Greenpeace.
The Post said the Greenpeace survey, which was conducted by a mini-submarine that dove about 150 feet down, contrasted an earlier Shell study that concluded corals occupied less than 4 percent of the habitat.
Shell is awaiting final drilling permits for the Arctic Chukchi and Beaufort Seas, the Post said.
Copyright 2012 by United Press International