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Report: Offshore Drilling in West Greenland, Relief Well Planning

Press release, June 14, 2013

The report shows that Greenland's two drilling rigs, same season relief well requirements are consistent with standards in the United States and Canada.

The report also shows that oil companies have also argued to do away with the two drilling rigs, same season relief well requirements in Canada and the US. So far, this argument has failed: authorities have rejected any attempts to weaken this requirement.

Despite claims by some industry representatives, there is no technology in existence that can replace a second rig in the event of an out-of-control well.

Without the two drilling rigs, same season relief well requirement, an out of control well could spill oil throughout an entire winter and spring, causing unacceptable damage to the marine environment, including fishing stocks and marine mammals.

For more information, following can be contacted:

Alfred ER Jakobsen 323632

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