The US government has given the Hilcorp Energy company permission to extract oil in the Arctic. It is the first time that the US federal government has built a permanent oil production well there. Alaska already allowed oil drilling in the part of the sea that this state has control over.
Hilcorp wants to construct an artificial island in the Beaufort Sea north of Alaska. From there, it can then drill for oil. The permission does contain some restrictions and is dependent on obtaining other permits.
According to Secretary of State Ryan Zinke, the permission fits within the “responsible development of natural resources”.
Environmentalists fear that, among other things, whales suffer damage from the construction of the island. They also fear that the fragile ecosystem in the polar region will be threatened by oil spills.
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