CHANGES – Environmental impact

Aim: To examine the environmental impact of increased demand for oil.

Useful links:

US Energy Information Authority website

Case studies

1. Oil-extraction in the north of Alaska

Geofile 566 (April 2008) – Periglaciation and the Primary Economy: In Uneasy Alliance in Contemporary Alaska.

BP Shuts Alaskan Pipeline following leak 2011 BP shuts Alaska pipeline after leak | Business |

And again 2011

Leak linked to higher prices 2011 Alaskan leak drives oil to 27-month high | Business |

Safety and environmental concerns 2011 Alaska oil pipeline has safety and environmental risks –

Pipeline facts 2011 Pipeline Facts

Tundra contamination 2011 BP pipeline leaks oily mixture onto Alaskan tundra | Reuters

Impact of the pipeline  Environmental Effects of the Alaska Pipeline: Home

Location of the Trans-Alaskan Pipeline

Use the following report to produce a spider diagram of ‘Environmental Impacts of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline’ – try to disregard the consequences of the construction of the pipeline but instead focus upon future environmental impacts.

Environmental Impact of the TAP operation

3. Make a plan to answer this exam question:

To what extent are the environmental impacts of the global increase in demand for oil acceptable? [15 marks]essay-graphic


And we mustn’t forget THE ONION: (but don’t use this in your case study!)

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