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Aerial Survey for Arctic Oil Scrapped Amid Risks to Polar Bears

  • Data meant to help oil companies bid on Arctic drilling rights
  • Interior Department scientists warned company of harm to bears
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A company abandoned plans to conduct an aerial survey of potential oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge following stern warnings from U.S. government scientists the work could harm polar bears.

The risk to polar bears “is high enough that it cannot be discounted,” Interior’s Fish and Wildlife Service told CGG Canada Services Ltd. in a June 7 letter obtained by Bloomberg News.