Canada Wants More Info On Russian Rocket Expected To Crash In Arctic UPDATE

Canada Wants More Info On Russian Rocket Expected To Crash In Arctic
Canada Wants More Info On Russian Rocket Expected To Crash In Arctic

Ottawa – Parts of a Russian rocket, possible carrying toxic material is expected to drop down somewhere in the Canadian Arctic, according to a report from the CBC.

“The idea of dropping a missile full of toxic chemicals in the Arctic waters off Baffin Island is just as preposterous as drilling for oil there,” Greenpeace Arctic campaigner Alex Speers-Roesch said Tuesday.

“Dumping these chemicals from a ship would be a clear violation of international and Canadian law, and it is no more acceptable when it is dumped from the air.”

The rocket was launched under Russia’s for-profit Rokot satellite launching program, which began in the 1990s. Russia has alerted international aviation authorities that a stage of the rocket carrying the fuel will crash in Arctic waters, the Canadian Press reported.

The debris is expected to fall Saturday nto Baffin Bay.

Baffin Bay is packed full of Arctic creatures including narwhals and beluga whales, as well as dolphins and seals.

As Motherboard points out, activists are up in arms about the rocket crash and the potential for hydrazine to harm these critters, but what will the impact of the crash be, scientifically speaking?

“It’s pretty nasty stuff,” said Gerald Greenhouse, a lecturer on cell biology at Harvard Medical School who completed studies on the effects of hydrazine on frog embryos in the mid-1970s.

Global Affairs Canada spokesman Austin Jean wants to know why Russia didn’t let Canada know about the launch sooner.

A spokesman from the Canadian government was not immediately available.




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