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Wpg Free Press: A place to study Arctic oil spills

U of M leading $28-M project proposed for Churchill

April 22, 2014 — 

On April 22, the University of Manitoba was the main cover story of the Winnipeg Free Press.

The article reads:

The University of Manitoba is proposing a unique research centre at Churchill that would study the potentially profound environmental effects of industrializing the Arctic.

The $28-million Churchill Marine Observatory would develop ways of detecting oil in ice-covered waters, study its impact on the ecosystem and develop technologies for cleaning up Arctic waters in case of a spill.

The U of M is leading the project, which — if accepted by a key national funding agency — would see 20 to 30 scientists from Canada and abroad in Churchill at any one time and about 100 during the course of a year.

“We should have done this 20 years ago, but we didn’t. So we’re trying to do it now… ” said David Barber, a U of M professor and Canada Research Chair in Arctic systems science.


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