Drilling for facts about Beaufort Methane Leaks

Edmonton Journal  Sun Apr 29 2012
By Margaret Munro
Postmedia News

The oil and gas industry may be eyeing the energy riches under the Arctic Ocean, but scientists are even keener to start drilling.

They say the Beaufort Sea, in the western Canadian Arctic, holds clues to several environmental mysteries of global significance – chief among them why so much methane, a potent greenhouse gas, is now seeping out of the sea floor.

An international team is proposing an ambitious drilling program to extract some answers. Researchers from Canada, the United States, Europe and Korea want to drill wells from the Mackenzie Delta across the Beaufort Sea.

If approved, drilling could begin as early as 2015, the first holes bored into the Canadian Arctic in years.

The Integrated Ocean Drilling Program, an international outfit that dispatches research ships around Continue reading