News Articles

  • EPPR table-top exercise on oil spill response in the Arctic

    A table-top exercise of the 2013 Agreement on Cooperation on Marine Oil Pollution Preparedness and Response in the Arctic will be run in Oulu, Finland, on 7 March 2018. The exercise will test cooperation and coordination processes in the event of a real-world marine oil incident.

  • Image of meeting participants

    Wrap-up: EPPR meetings in Montreal

    “We covered so much ground here, and it was great to sense so much progress being made in these important areas." - EPPR Chair Amy Merten

  • Ratification completed for agreement on oil pollution preparedness and response

    Although workshops and exercises have been conducted under the “Agreement on Cooperation on Marine Oil Pollution Preparedness and Response in the Arctic” since 2014, the formal ratification process was completed in late March 2016.

  • Arctic Council Advances Work on Arctic Issues

    At a meeting in Fairbanks, Alaska, March 15-17, the Arctic Council gathered Senior Arctic Officials (SAOs) from the eight Arctic States, and the six Permanent Participant organizations representing indigenous peoples of the Arctic, to address ongoing efforts on a range of topics of high importance for the Arctic.

  • Picture of EPPR delegates

    EPPR (Emergency Prevention, Preparedness and Response) meets in Reykjavik

    The Arctic Council’s Working Group on Emergency Prevention, Preparedness and Response (EPPR) met on 1-3 December 2015 in Reykjavik, Iceland. Following their last meeting in Svalbard, EPPR met to discuss the group’s work on issues critical in the Arctic such as search-and-rescue (SAR) and preparedness and response to marine oil spills. EPPR is the Arctic Council’s point-of-contact for implementation of the 2013 ...

  • Workshop: Marine Oil Pollution Preparedness and Response

    WASHINGTON – Representatives from the Arctic Council participated in an EPPR MOSPA exercise workshop held September 15-17, 2015 at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

  • Woman on beach

    Interview with Amy Merten, EPPR Working Group Chair

    Read an interview with Amy Merten, Ph.D., the new chair of EPPR, the Arctic Council's working group on emergency prevention, preparedness and response…

  • Image: Kristine Riskaer / Creative Commons BY

    Responsible Economic and Resource Development in the Arctic

    It is recognized that the economic potential of the Arctic is enormous, and its sustainable development is key to the region's resilience and prosperity...

  • Interview: Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO)

    We spoke with Koji Sekimizu, Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization, about the Polar Code, the IMO and the Arctic Council…

  • Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada

    Ottawa hosts third session of Task Force on Arctic Marine Oil Pollution Prevention

    When the Arctic Council’s Task Force on Arctic Marine Oil Pollution Prevention (TFOPP) met recently in Ottawa, it took important steps towards developing the Action Plan for oil pollution prevention mandated by Ministers in Kiruna. The Task Force is focused particularly on potential safety measures to prevent oil pollution from maritime and petroleum activities.

  • Image of drilling rig in waters off of Seattle

    New Guidelines from PAME on Arctic Oil and Gas Safety Management

    A new report from Working Group PAME provides guidance on options to promote improved safety culture and robust safety management systems in the Arctic offshore oil and gas industry. As interest in Arctic offshore petroleum resources continues to grow, there has been growing concern about the potential effects that an increase in such activities could have on the Arctic marine environment and

  • Oil skimmers at work. Image by NOAA Photo Library

    EPPR: Understanding Risk to the Arctic Environment

    The Arctic is changing rapidly. As it does, it may offer more access to new visitors and new residents arriving from the South. That could mean cruise vessels underway off the coast of Greenland, shipping vessels carrying fuel oil along with their cargoes, or invasive species brought northward as uninvited guests aboard ships. The Arctic Council is working to develop a comprehensive picture of such risks to the Arctic marine environment.

  • The icebreaker ship Kontio

    Negotiations in Helsinki on New Arctic Agreement on Marine Oil Pollution Response

    At the 2011 Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting in Nuuk the ministers mandated a Task Force to prepare an international instrument on Arctic marine oil pollution preparedness and response. This Task Force held its forth meeting in Helsinki 18-20 June 2012.

  • Photo, Lev Levit, Arctic Council Secretariat, Offshore oil spill response exercise (Exercise Barents 2012).

    EPPR Workshop Observing an Oil Spill Response Exercise in Kirkenes

    The increased focus on potential exploration of Arctic offshore oil and gas and shipping this summer is made evident by a busy month of June for the Emergency Prevention Preparedness and Response working group (EPPR). On 5-7 June 2012, a workshop was held in Kirkenes, Arctic Norway, where the participants had the opportunity to observe the annual Russian - Norwegian Exercise Barents.