A new report by the Pew Environmental Group (PEG) asserts that Canada’s system of regulating and licensing offshore oil and gas drilling requires “major reforms” to create an “Arctic ready future”. The report identifies crucial gaps in the Canadian government’s licensing process and regulatory system and recommends an 11-step program of policy reforms. The timing couldn’t be better as Canada is currently in the process of approving its first deep water, oil and gas development project.
The Advanced Land Imager on NASA’s Earth Observing-1 satellite captured this image of a barrier island facing the Beaufort Sea, on the northern edge of Canada’s Northwest Territories on June 23, 2004, before the ice had melted or retreated during the summer thaw.
The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this image of the over a hundred fires burning in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and the Northwest Territories in Canada on May 16, 2011.