Government of Canada funds collaborative research to clean Arctic oil spills

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Published: 3Sep2019

Two McGill researchers developing solutions to clean marine oil spills in the Northwest Passage and in oceans surrounding Canada to receive $3.7 million in funding from the Multi-Partner Research Initiative (MPRI).

...McGill’s Lyle Whyte, Canada Research Chair in Polar Microbiology, and Charles Greer, Adjunct Professor in the Department of Natural Resource Sciences, will lead projects assessing natural microbial populations and their ability to break down oil spills. As global warming opens more shipping routes in the Northwest Passage, enabling the exploitation and transportation of offshore Arctic oil reserves, marine areas are increasingly at risk of oil spills. When spills occur, some oils will wash up on Arctic beaches.

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