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Wed Aug 1, 2012, 01:39 PM

Greenpeace finds deep-sea corals on Shell’s Arctic drill site

Source: Washington Post

Greenpeace scientists have identified a dense patch of deep-sea corals in a lease area of the Arctic’s Chukchi Sea off Alaska’s northwest coast, where Royal Dutch Shell is slated to start drilling.

Researchers for the advocacy group, which have been lobbying to block drilling in the Arctic this summer, went down about 150 feet in a submarine this week to take samples. During the dives, they found significant concentrations of the soft coral Gersemia rubiformis , which is commonly known as sea raspberry.

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/greenpeace-finds-deep-sea-corals-on-shells-arctic-drill-site/2012/07/27/gJQAaJGfEX_story.html



This article is 5 days old, but could find no reference of it on DU. If I missed it, sorry.

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Reply Greenpeace finds deep-sea corals on Shell’s Arctic drill site (Original post)
yesphan Aug 2012 OP
hue Aug 2012 #1
Judi Lynn Aug 2012 #2
yesphan Aug 2012 #3
patrice Aug 2012 #4
harun Aug 2012 #5
Synicus Maximus Aug 2012 #6
Igel Aug 2012 #9
truedelphi Aug 2012 #7
Uncle Joe Aug 2012 #8

Response to yesphan (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 01:52 PM

1. OMG! I hope they will be protected!! n/t

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Response to yesphan (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 01:58 PM

2. Found a photo of the corals after seeing your post:

Shoot: Arctic Under Pressure Expedition - Seabed (GP023EM)

http://images.google.com/imgres?q=arctic+Gersemia+rubiformis&hl=en&rlz=1T4TSND_enUS411US412&biw=1331&bih=671&tbm=isch&tbnid=sq6ZKY2dMOWX_M:&imgrefurl=http://photo.greenpeace.org/C.aspx%3FVP3%3DViewBox_VPage%26RAQF%3D1%26IT%3DZoomImageTemplate01_VForm%26STID%3D27MZIFI61WSL%26PN%3D32%26CT%3DStory&docid=qMCggqfPpc8LQM&itg=1&imgurl=&w=520&h=292&ei=CG0ZUIqqKqiM0QHXjoGgDA&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=167&vpy=327&dur=7268&hovh=168&hovw=300&tx=177&ty=136&sig=113086876668889589391&page=1&tbnh=111&tbnw=197&start=0&ndsp=15&ved=1t:429,r:5,s:0,i2

By the way, you might consider also posting this material in Science or Environment and Energy or Good reads, as well.

This is news I never expected to see. Thank you.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #2)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 02:05 PM

3. Thanks Judi Lynn

These pics really help drive home the message. Just beautiful !

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Response to yesphan (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 02:13 PM

4. Legal Grounds for PROTECTION of that area, right? I hope!! nt

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Response to yesphan (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 02:20 PM

5. I'm sure they'll drill around them

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Response to yesphan (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 02:50 PM

6. I'm missing why this would stop the drilling.

The corals mentioned in the article are not rare nor endangered. They are found form the Arctic to California in the Pacific and from the Arctic to North Carolina in the Atlantic.

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Response to Synicus Maximus (Reply #6)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 05:55 PM

9. They're corals.

Of course they're protected. They form huge reefs with a huge diversity of sea life. They're subject to bleaching from high T and being weakened through increased ocean acidification. We like snorkeling through them before admiring the blue water while sitting on the white, sandy beach drinking our pina coladas (or knocking back those tequila shots with lime) as we go red from sunburn.

By definition. They're corals.

I expect to see a resort built on the Sea of Chukchi, the brochure featuring pictures of the nice, blue snorkelers washed up on a beach white with polar bears knocking back chunks of snorkeler red with blood spatter.

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Response to yesphan (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 04:13 PM

7. Yeah Green Peace. But I am sure that the lessons learned during the

Deepwater Horizon, BP extermination of life in the Gulf, indicates that all that has to happen is to have the Shell Oil Company actually damage the coral, and then claim it is merely an accident, and now that the coral is gone, they can proceed.


If we had a stronger suit in the WH, who had actually punished BP, then we would see much different responses from Oil Companies. But one of the President's main punishments for BP was to stop the other Oil Drillers from drilling in the Gulf for a set period of time. Since that action was extremely costly to the other oil firms, many of them pulled out of the Gulf for good, leaving BP the victor.

And the 20 billions of dollars to help those truly distressed and destroyed by the accident is a mere pittance to a Big Oil concern like BP.




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Response to yesphan (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 04:23 PM

8. Kicked and recommended.

Thanks for the thread, yesphan.

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