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"Even in the relatively placid and temperate Gulf, it took 86 days to cap BP's damaged well, and by then raw crude had spread for hundreds of miles. Further, the frigid arctic waters aren't as rich in the oil-eating bugs that limited damage in the Gulf. The Beaufort and Chukchi seas, where Royal Dutch Shell wants to drill next summer, are covered with ice two-thirds of the year.
"But despite those risks — and the fact that the Shell bid is shaping up as an election-year controversy — other factors say Shell should be allowed to drill. And, in fact, the Obama administration has granted the company a conditional go-ahead."