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Dogs used in hunt for oil. Shell has been involved in training three dogs to sniff out oil spills underneath the Arctic's snow and ice. The company paid for training the two border collies and one dachshund as part of a project set up by Norway’s SINTEF following researchers’ wish to find another way of detecting spills in Arctic waters that can be caused by drilling. Results of the study showed that the dogs could sniff out oil from up to five kilometres away, as well as cope with the journeys and the temperatures.

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Dogs used in hunt for oil

Published on Tuesday, 13th March, 2012 at 13:11 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .
Last Updated on 13th March 2012 at 19:56.

Shell has been involved in training three dogs to sniff out oil spills underneath the Arctic's snow and ice.

Arctic oil dog
Arctic oil dog
Photo: Per Johan Brandvik/SINTEF


The company paid for training the two border collies and one dachshund as part of a project set up by Norway’s SINTEF following researchers’ wish to find another way of detecting spills in Arctic waters that can be caused by drilling.

Results of the study showed that the dogs could sniff out oil from up to five kilometres away, as well as cope with the journeys and the temperatures.

Some groups, including Greenpeace, have not welcomed the project, however. The organisation’s Arctic Campaigner, Ben Ayliffe, told The Guardian, “The idea that small dogs can track leaking oil deep under the Arctic pack ice in the middle of winter is absurd.

“The fact that they are paying good money to seriously use this as an option shows how much they are scrabbling around for a solution.”

Shell has been undertaking research on using canines to sniff for oil since 2009, but it is not expected the dogs will be taken to Alaska when drilling starts there in June.

In an email, Director of the US Arctic Programme for the Pew Environment Group, Marilyn Heiman, wrote, "It is embarrassing that using dogs to sniff out oil is the best technology we have to track oil under ice."

More information about the project can be obtained from SINTEF researcher Per Johan Brandvik.



Published on Tuesday, 13th March, 2012 at 13:11 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .
Last updated on 13th March 2012 at 19:56.

This post has the following tags: shellnorway, arcticoilsnifferdogs, sintefresearchersnorway.





  
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