Canada is not ready for oil and gas drilling in our Arctic oceans. The impact of a major oil spill or a well blowout on species and local communities would be catastrophic in the Arctic. Current capacity to respond to a major oil spill in the Canadian Arctic is extremely poor and in many cases, virtually non-existent. Knowledge of how to best respond to oil spills in extreme Arctic conditions is also inadequate and there is no proven method for removing oil from ice.
A blowout is the uncontrolled release of crude oil and/or natural gas from an oil well after pressure control systems have failed. Blowouts can occur above or below water and result in oil gushing into the surrounding waters.