Nightmare image: The BP oil spill, superimposed over Inuvik and surrounding region

The Beaufort Sea contains oil and there is a history of drilling in the region.

However, many people including the Inuvialuit —- the people of the ocean shore communities, who self-govern under their Inuvialuit Final Agreement  — have long been wary of the potential for environmental catastrophe.

Now, with news of the BP oil spill in the United States, some people are asking the question: “What if it happened here?”

To put these fears in perspective, here is a graphic from the very useful visualizer, http://www.ifitwasmyhome.com

As you can see, the Gulf of Mexico-scale oil spill represents a bigger surface area than Ivaavik national park. In fact, it spans an area equivalent to almost the entire Beaufort/Mackenzie delta.

Superimpose the spill over your home!  Click here.

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One response to “Nightmare image: The BP oil spill, superimposed over Inuvik and surrounding region

  1. Of course they could afford to have no industry whatsoever, since our government funds communities to have no economy. For people who have to work for a living, you do what you have to do.

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